Onsite adult programs at the National Portrait Gallery provide opportunities to socialize and engage with art, history, and biography through a wide variety of workshops, performances, events and tours.

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Evenings 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join the Portrait Gallery for a sip-and-craft happy hour pop-up to encourage non-artists and creatives to find sources of inspiration through art and crafting while exploring works from the museum’s collections and exhibitions. All materials and supplies are included, but feel free to bring your own.

Fee: $20–Registration required.

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Conversation Circle

Every other Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
G Street Lobby

Are you learning to speak English? Join this weekly program that encourages visitors from all over the world – whether you have been in the United States for a week or a decade – to practice their English conversational abilities, learn new vocabulary, and meet friends.

This program begins promptly at 10 a.m. in the G St lobby. 

Please email if you are interested.

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company

Dana Tai Soon Burgess is an American choreographer, dancer, performance artist, and cultural figure. In May 2016 Burgess was named the Smithsonian's first-ever choreographer in residence at the National Portrait Gallery.

View his latest work inspired by National Portrait Gallery exhibitions, including the 2022 performance of El Muro/The Wall.

Learn more about choreographer-in-residence Dana Tai Soon Burgess in this video


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Drawing with the National Portrait Gallery

One Thursday a month
G Street Lobby

Join the Portrait Gallery's in-person drawing workshop facilitated by artist Jill Galloway. In these workshops, participants will be led through the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. The workshop will include instruction, a guided drawing session, and all supplies. Open to artists of all levels, ages 18 and up.  

Free —Registration required.

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Writing Workshops 

Monthly on select evenings from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. or Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
G Street Lobby

Portraiture can spark more than just your imagination; portraits can tell us a story about someone’s life. Writing Workshops is an interactive creative writing program facilitated by local writer Willona Sloan for adults at the National Portrait Gallery.

Free —Registration required.