Access

The Portrait Gallery is committed to providing access to all visitors. This page contains information to help you plan your visit so that is as easy and comfortable as possible.

When the museum opens to the public on Friday, May 14th, timed-entry passes will be required for all visitors. Please note that a personal care attendant accompanying a visitor will also need an entry pass.

On-site tours and events are currently suspended, and all public programs will be online. For information about virtual tours and programs, visit: Access Programs Online.

If you have any further questions after reading this page, please contact Visitor Services at 202-633-8300 or email NPGAccess@si.edu


Virtual Portrait Signs

Explore the National Portrait Gallery's collection with a Deaf gallery educator. These 60-minute virtual tours in American Sign Language are offered one Thursday a month on Zoom. Topics change monthly. Voice interpretation is provided. 

Please check Eventbrite for upcoming dates and to register. 


See Me at the Portrait Gallery:

Experience an interactive virtual tour of the museum that is tailored to individuals with dementia and their care partners. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Ashley Grady at Access@si.edu or 202–633–2921.


Tours by Special Request

Tours can be tailored to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of your group. To make arrangements, contact Jonesve@si.edu  or 202-633-8506.


Student Programs

Student programs at the National Portrait Gallery can accommodate a variety of learners, including students with low vision or blindness, developmental or cognitive disabilities, and those requiring ASL interpretation.  To schedule a program for your class, go to the online registration page and provide as much information as possible in the relevant text boxes.