National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped our culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. It is located, along with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in downtown Washington, DC. The building is one of the city's oldest and formerly housed the U.S. Patent Office.


Open to the Public

Year Authorized by Congress

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In-Person Visits
Donald W. Reynolds Center
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In-Person Visits to Donald W. Reynolds Center, Historical


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Collections Objects & Specimens


On-Site Volunteers


Peer-Reviewed Research Publications, Historical


Museum Objects & Specimens
Represented by Digital Image

Private Funds Raised, Historical