Docent-led Walk-In Tour Schedule

Bring the family or a friend and experience the Portrait Gallery by exploring the portraits and the building’s rich history. Portrait Gallery docents give tours 364 days per year! Tours are subject to cancellation or schedule changes, please visit our events calendar to verify times.

Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m.

Joint Tours with the American Art Museum

Joint Tours of the Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum take place weekly on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., so drop in for this lively tour of both museums! Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Please check our events calendar.

Group Tours

Tours of “America’s Presidents,” our permanent collections, highlights of the National Portrait Gallery, and temporary exhibitions are available for groups of 10 to 25 people by Portrait Gallery docents. Group reservations and a six-week advance notice are required. Group Tours are offered between the hours of 1:00 and 5:30pm. All tours are subject to availability; last-minute cancellations may occur.

To reserve a tour for:

Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel your group’s reservation, please call (202) 633-2801 at least 48 hours prior to your confirmed tour time as we will need to notify your docent guide(s). If this is a paid tour, we will work with you to reschedule your group’s tour within one calendar year from the date of your original tour confirmation date.


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