Getting Here

The National Portrait Gallery is situated between 7th and 9th Streets, Northwest, and F and G Streets, Northwest, in the heart of the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC. An arts and entertainment district with fine hotels and a wealth of popular restaurants, Penn Quarter is also within walking distance of the National Mall and the White House.


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


11:30 AM - 7:00 PM daily
Closed December 25
Admission is free


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Or call (202) 633-8300

By Metro

Take the Yellow, Green, or Red lines to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station. The Portrait Gallery is one block from both the 7th and 9th Street Metro exits. There is elevator access from the Metro station to 7th Street. For Metrorail and Metrobus maps, schedules, fares, accessibility, and other information, please go to

By DC Circulator Bus

This low-cost bus service links neighborhoods in DC. Buses arrive every 10 minutes and trips cost $1 each. Take the Georgetown-Union Station route and exit at 7th and K St. NW or 9th and K St. NW. Walk south to F or G streets. For more information and route maps, please go to

By Bicycle

Capital Bikeshare rents bikes throughout the city. There are pick up/drop off stations near the Portrait Gallery at 7th and F Street and 9th and G Street. To rent and ride, go to

By Car

Street parking in downtown Washington is limited to metered spaces, which fill up early in the day. Public garages that charge hourly rates are available throughout the neighborhood. View the map of their locations. Handicapped parking is available at red-topped meters on the F, G, and 7th Street sides of the building. Vehicles parked in these spaces must display a handicapped placard.

Reserve a Parking Space Online

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