We are happy to welcome you back to the National Portrait Gallery. We have made several changes at the museum and we hope this information and list of FAQs will make your visit easier and more enjoyable.
Plan Your Visit
1. Before you come:
- Get a free timed-entry pass and make sure it’s printed out or available on your phone.
- Pack your face covering, which are required for all visitors over the age of six and older and highly recommended for between the ages of two and six. Face coverings may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.
- As a health and safety precaution, we are not offering printed floorplans at this time, but you may use the museums’ free Wi-Fi to access a visitor map online or print one here before leaving home. Please note the museums’ store and café are closed and outside food is not permitted.
- We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask you to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on your front, to protect the artworks. Please note that we do not offer coat check or bag storage at this time. Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
- Be familiar with the Smithsonian’s health and social distancing guidelines and other policies for visitors including prohibited items prior to arrival.
2. While you’re here:
- Wear a face covering, which is required for entry and must be worn during your visit.
- Practice social distancing, staying at least six feet from visitors who are not a member of your party.
- Wash your hands and use our free hand sanitizer, available throughout the Museum.
- If you need help during your visit, speak to a staff member near the entrance.
3. When you leave:
- Stay connected to museum through our Newsletter and our social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook