Museum Shop

Visit our Museum Store or shop online for portrait-inspired gifts and catalogues.

Looking for a special gift for your president-obsessed spouse? Craving a beautiful art-inspired calendar or notebook for yourself? Need a creative activity for your rambunctious seven-year-old right now? The Museum Shop features a variety of distinctive objects inspired by popular works from the museum’s permanent collection as well as works from special exhibitions.

Items include lavishly illustrated exhibition catalogues, artist-designed jewelry, silk scarves, decorative items for your home, posters, biographies, art and history books, and a wide range of children’s books, art-inspired toys and games, and art kits. We also have notecards and postcards based on our most popular portraits, as well as novelty T-shirts, pencils, and magnets.

First floor, off the G Street lobby
11:30 AM–7:00 PM, daily, closed December 25th

Order by phone at:

(202) 633-1589 or

(202) 633-1588

Shop online at:

Discount for Smithsonian members


Museum store, view of presidents books and mugs

Please note that to receive a discount at the National Portrait Gallery shop, Smithsonian members must show their membership card to a sales clerk.

New Product

Purchase online

Black Out cover with silhouettes

Primarily tracing the rise of the silhouette in the decades leading up to the Civil War, Black Out also considers the ubiquity of the genre today, particularly in contemporary art. Using silhouettes to address such themes as race, identity, and the notion of the digital self, the four featured living artists--Kara Walker, Kristi Malakoff, Kumi Yamashita, and Camille Utterback—all take the silhouette to unique and fascinating new heights.

Presenting the distinctly American story behind silhouettes, Black Out vividly delves into the historical roots and contemporary interpretations of this evocative, ever popular form of portraiture.

  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages.
  • 98 color illustrations.


National Portrait Gallery publications feature work from both permanent collections and special exhibitions.  With insightful texts and lavish illustrations, they inform, entertain, and inspire readers.  Visit the Publications page for a full list of recent publications, E-books, and a full backlist.