Docent Tours

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 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 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 curators and docents. Group reservations are required and a six-week advance notice is appreciated. All tours are subject to availability; last-minute cancellations may occur.

To reserve a tour for:

  • Non-profit community-based clubs, U.S. state and federal government, or U.S. military groups, please fill out our Tour Group Reservation Request Form. Should you have questions, please call 202-633-8519.
  • Other companies, organizations, and groups interested in booking a tour, including before and after-hours tours, can do so by joining the Corporate Circle, Portrait Circle, or by making a contribution. Please call (202) 633-2801 or email Caroline Passano at for additional information.

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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