Student Visits: Sign-up

The National Portrait Gallery will begin taking reservations for student programs on August 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year. Reservation requests require at least one month’s advance notice. For more information, please see our school programs guidelines

How to Reserve a Student Program at the National Portrait Gallery
1. Select your program by reading through the program descriptions. Be sure that the selected program matches students’ grade level.
2. Complete the registration form below. To register for more than one program, fill out an additional form for each program.
3. Look for confirmation. You will receive an e-mail confirmation within two weeks of submitting your request.
4. Two weeks before your scheduled program, you will be asked to provide the total number of students and chaperones.

Please be advised that submitting a registration form is only a request. Written confirmation (via e-mail) from the Portrait Gallery constitutes a booking guarantee.

Student Visits Sign-up Form

First and last name
The best number to reach you on the day of the program.
The minimum number we will accommodate for a student program is 10 students. The maximum number we will accommodate is 75 students. If you would like to bring more than the maximum, we will work with you to schedule multiple dates for your visit.
If you are interested in specific portraits or a custom program please choose "Custom Program" or "Custom Portrait Detectives." A box will appear where you can note the portraits you are interested in seeing.
Scheduling - First Choice
Fill in your preferred date(s) and time(s). All programs, except the Explore! program, are offered Monday–Friday, October 1–May 29. Programs start at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.and are seventy-five minutes long. Explore! is offered Monday–Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and is fifty minutes long.
Second Choice
Third Choice
We are occasionally able to accommodate programs with later start times if you have special circumstances. If you need to request an alternate start time, enter it here.
Please answer as completely as possible. Gallery Educators strive to provide the most useful and engaging program for all students, and your answers inform this effort.
We strive to accommodate and engage all of our student visitors. Please let us know if any students in your group have any physical, emotional, linguistic and/or academic special needs. Please be as specific as possible. Let us know if you have suggestions for how our Gallery Educators can best accommodate these students.
Adult chaperones are required for all student programs. Chaperones must remain with groups for the duration of the program. Failure to provide an adequate number of chaperones may result in the cancellation of a program. The ratio of adults to students is as follows: grades K–3: one adult per 5 student; grades 4–6: one adult per 10 students; grades 7–12: one adult per 15 students.