Welcome Back

A Message from the Director 

Spring is a time of renewal, and 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.

In order for you to have an enjoyable experience, please review our safety guidelines before your visit and reserve your free timed-entry passes.

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
Director
National Portrait Gallery

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As the Smithsonian continues a gradual, phased reopening, we're putting safety first, with new measures in place to protect everyone’s health, including new hours and timed-entry passes.

The entrance to the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum is located at 8th and G Streets NW in Washington, DC. The museums share a single entrance, and your pass is valid for entry to both museums. The museums’ F Street entrance is closed.

Hours and Admission

On Friday, May 14, the National Portrait Gallery
reopened with new days,
Wednesday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Location

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

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Visitor Guidelines

If Sick Stay Home: 

We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
We’re asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home.

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  • All Smithsonian visitors, regardless of age, will now require a free timed-entry pass to enter the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
  • Visitors can acquire timed-entry passes by reserving online or by phone. 
  • Visitors will be able to secure up to six passes for personal use only. Passes may not be sold or transferred. Passes are valid only for the issued date and time and void if altered.  
  • Visitors may choose to print timed-entry passes at home or show their timed-entry passes on their phone or other mobile device. Printed and digital passes will be scanned at the entrances of the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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  • Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face covering outdoors. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces.
  • Face coverings should fit properly, covering the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face, and they should have at least two layers.
  • Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a face covering but may be worn over a face covering or mask.
  • Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
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Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. Social distancing signage and directions will be found throughout our facilities. 

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Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities. 

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We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities, as they will be subject to a thorough search. Limiting the items you bring will increase your speed through security check points, helping us all maintain a safe social distance. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage at this time. 


Keeping Us All Safe 

To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and implemented new safety measures in our museums. Your visit to the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, two Smithsonian museums that share one historic building, will be different and new procedures will be in place. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.


Please note:
COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread from person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission intensity, and we ask you, our visitors to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Smithsonian, including instructions about wearing face coverings and social distancing. Despite these measures, the risk of contracting COVID-19 could increase by visiting the Smithsonian. By visiting the Smithsonian, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
 
The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operations, capacity, or visitor guidelines as circumstances require, and to deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk. 

  • Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces.
  • Face coverings should fit properly, covering the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face, and they should have at least two layers. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a face covering but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
    • Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. 
    • Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities.
    • Your visit will be guided by wayfinding signage to allow for social distancing.
    • Visitor maps will not be provided at this time but you can download one here in advance or use the museums' free Wi-Fi to access a floor plan during your visit.
    • 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.
    • We continue to evaluate our exhibits, interactives, and indoor spaces to ensure public safety. Some features may be closed or operate at limited capacity.  
    • All on-site public tours and programs are currently suspended.  
    • The museums' cafe will be closed.  No outside food will be permitted.
    • The National Portrait Gallery will continue to offer virtual programs and experiences. Please check our events calendar for specific dates and details
    • For additional tips and guidelines visit https://www.si.edu/visit/tips