Tours

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,” the permanent collections, highlights of the National Portrait Gallery, and temporary exhibitions are available for groups of twelve or more by Portrait Gallery docents. Group reservations are required and six weeks’ or more advance notice is appreciated. All tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. To request a group tour, use our tour request form. If your group is twenty-five or more people, please contact NPGAdultTours@si.edu or (202) 633-8519 to discuss options.