National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM daily
Closed December 25Admission is free
Explore the museum's diverse and wide-ranging exhibitions.
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Thousands of works of art, artifacts and archival materials are available for the study of portraiture.
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Visitors of all ages can learn about portraiture through a variety of weekly public programs to create art, tell stories, and explore the museum.
The exhibition highlights the work of two leading contemporary artists who grapple with the under- and misrepresentation of certain minorities in portraiture and American history.
In memory of George Herbert Walker Bush, the National Portrait Gallery has added a drape to his portrait in the America's Presidents gallery. Visitors may pay their respects and record their thoughts in a journal next to the portrait.
“Portraits of the World: Switzerland” is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture.
The National Portrait Gallery recognized the life and legacy of late Senator and former presidential nominee John S. McCain III with a photograph by the British-born photographer Steve Pyke.
“The Sweat of Their Face” combines art and social history with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art.
Aug. 25 marks the 100th birthday of the late American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist Leonard Bernstein.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of acclaimed singer and musician Aretha Franklin.