Welcome Back

A Message from the Director 

Welcome back everyone, we cannot tell you how excited we are to reopen our doors! Staff and visitor safety has been our top priority this past year. During our closure, we’ve enjoyed presenting more than 150 virtual programs, but the portraits have missed you! We are a museum about people, for people, and by people, and our visitors are what make the Portrait Gallery experience complete.

When you visit, you’ll find a diverse range of exhibitions on view. Be inspired by the contemporary portraits of global leaders in “Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection (Part II)." New works are also on display, including a photograph of former President Donald J. Trump in our flagship "America's Presidents" exhibition. Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for the museum’s first solo exhibition dedicated to an Asian American female artist, “Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands,” opening Aug. 27.

For our many followers across the country, we will continue to offer virtual programs online and on our social media channels @smithsoniannpg. In addition, we will continue to add new exhibitions and lesson plans to Google Arts & Culture. Whether at the museum or online, there is plenty to take in. From all of us at the National Portrait Gallery, thank you, and we hope to see you soon!

Kim Sajet
National Portrait Gallery

facade of the museum

Hours and Admission

11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.



National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Starting Wednesday, July 21, we will no longer be accepting timed-entry passes. All passes issued for July 21–Aug. 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry. July 21 and onward, all visitors will enter as walk-up visitors.

Effective Friday, July 30, all visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow our safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Please see our Visiting Tips and FAQs page for details