Access Programs

The Portrait Gallery is committed to making its content accessible to everyone. This page provides information about programs tailored to visitors with a range of abilities.

Portrait InSight

Experience the National Portrait Gallery's collection through vivid verbal descriptions and tactile objects. These 60-minute gallery talks are geared towards visitors who are blind or partially sighted, but are open to all.

Registration is required at: NPGAccess@si.edu or at 202-633-8506, 48 hours in advance.  Meet at the G Street entrance.

Upcoming dates:

  • Thurs Nov 14, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sat Nov 16, noon

Portrait Signs

Explore the National Portrait Gallery's collection with a Deaf gallery educator. These 60-minute walk-in gallery talks in American Sign Language are offered one Thursday and Saturday a month. Topics change monthly.

Saturday talks are voice-interpreted into English so that all may attend. Meet at the G Street entrance.

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, October 26 at noon
  • Thursday, November 21 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23 at noon
  • Thursday, December 26 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 28 at noon

See Me at the Portrait Gallery:

A Program for Adults with Dementia and their Care-partners

Experience an interactive 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 NPGAccess@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.