National Portrait Gallery Announces Select In-Person Programs as Virtual Workshops Continue (June, July, August)

June 2, 2022

Young Portrait Explorers  Select Mondays, 10:30 a.m. G Street Lobby June 13: Seeing faces July 11: Body language Aug. 8: Texture and touch Join us at the museum for a […]

Weekend Roundup, March 24 – 27

March 23, 2022

The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom, people are getting out and about again, what’s not to like? Here are just six of the many things to do this weekend, […]

“Warranted to Give Satisfaction”: Daguerreotypes by Jeremiah Gurney

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021–February 6, 2022 Credit information: “Two Girls” by Jeremiah Gurney, quarter-plate daguerreotype with applied color, c. 1852. Collection of Wm. B. Becker. In 1840, Jeremiah Gurney (1812–1895) abandoned his […]

One Life: Will Rogers


Credit information: “Will Rogers at the mike of Radio KHJ in Hollywood” by an unidentified photographer, gelatin silver print, c. 1930. Will Rogers Memorial Museum, OHS, Claremore, OK. “One Life: Will […]

Wind Down Wednesday: First Ladies and Fashion

March 24, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 5 p.m. Instagram Live @smithsoniannpg Wind down with a virtual program to bring out your creativity and mindfulness. In partnership with independent mixologists, crafters, artists, and experts […]

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

March 11, 2021

  Thursday, March 11, 5 p.m. Online via Zoom Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will […]

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Premiers ‘A Tribute to Marian Anderson’ (photos)

February 7, 2020

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s choreographer in residence, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, premiered a new performance in response to the museum’s exhibition “One Life: Marian Anderson” on Feb. 3 and […]

Walking the Red Carpet at the American Portrait Gala (photos)

November 18, 2019

Guests were treated to a private viewing of the honorees’ portraits, which will remain on view in the museum’s “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition through Aug. 30, 2020.

Silhouettes at the Portrait Gallery

August 22, 2018

In one wide corridor and four side galleries, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has installed “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” a thought-provoking — one might even say devious — exhibition that is almost entirely colorless.