Welcome Back

A Message from the Director 

Welcome back everyone, 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.” 

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
National Portrait Gallery

facade of the museum

Hours and Admission

11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.



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

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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 a minimum of two layers. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a face covering but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted. 

We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow our safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Please see our Visiting Tips and FAQs page for details