We are open today (Sat, Jan 20) and tomorrow (Sun, Jan 21), along with the rest of the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo. We are awaiting guidance on how the government shutdown might impact our operating status for Monday.


Estudiante en una visita escolar

Student Visits

Student programs at the National Portrait Gallery bring students in contact with the men and women who have shaped our nation. Through analysis of the visual elements of portraiture, students explore biography, art, and the American experience. Each standards-based, themed gallery tour is facilitated by specially trained gallery educators and complements curricula in art, history, social studies, and language arts.

For the 2017–18 academic year, the Portrait Gallery offers student programs Monday through Friday, from October 2, 2017, through June 15, 2017. Unless otherwise noted, all student programs are seventy-five minutes in length and are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Special requests for dates and times outside of our regularly scheduled programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Explore! The Foundations of Portraiture


Introduce the youngest students to the world of portraiture through the Explore! The Foundations of Portraiture. This new program combines time in the galleries with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery Explore! Space, which allows students to engage in various hands-on activities that reinforce the concepts of portraiture.

Note: The Explore! Program, which is fifty minutes in length, is only offered on Mondays, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 9:30 a.m..


Child stacking wooden blocks that have faces on them

Detectives de retratos

Kindergarten-3rd grade

Become a Portrait Detective! Young students will search for and analyze clues in portraits to learn about some of the most historically significant Americans. Through discussions, sketching, and writing activities, participants will look closely at a wide range of portraits while comparing and contrasting works across the collection. If your classroom is studying specific individuals from American history, National Portrait Gallery staff can customize this program to include relevant figures.

To schedule a program that is tailored to your class, please select “Custom Portrait Detectives” when completing the online registration form and indicate the portraits that you are interested in seeing by listing them in the dialogue box.

Pintura de caballos tirando de carruajes

Formando los Estados Unidos

Grados 4-8

Conozca los políticos, reformadores, inventores, autores, soldados y otros personajes que dieron forma al curso de la historia de Estados Unidos desde la época colonial hasta el final de la Guerra Civil. Los estudiantes analizarán los retratos para aprender acerca de las diversas y significativas contribuciones a la sociedad estadounidense realizadas por personajes de la colección de la Galería de Retratos.

Painted portrait of Sequoyah

America’s Presidents

Grados 4–12

¿Cómo ha cambiado el retrato presidencial desde la época de George Washington? La Galería Nacional de Retratos se enorgullece de tener la única colección completa de retratos presidenciales fuera de la Casa Blanca. Este programa introduce a los estudiantes a la exhibición "Presidentes Estadounidenses" e investiga las diversas formas en que los presidentes han sido retratados a largo de los últimos dos siglos.

Painted portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

El Arte del Retrato

Grados 4–12

¿Cómo crean los retratos los artistas? Los estudiantes observarán de cerca el retrato moderno y contemporáneo a través del lente de las decisiones de los artistas, prestando especial atención a los diferentes enfoques que los artistas le dan al personaje y los diferentes procesos que se utilizan en la creación de su arte.

Painted portrait of asian man crossing the Delaware river with American flag, like George Washington

Conversaciones sobre retratos

Grados 6-12

¡Viaje a través de la amplia y diversa colección de la Galería de Retratos! Los estudiantes podrán comparar y contrastar los elementos visuales en los retratos a través de diferentes épocas históricas, prestando especial atención a las diferencias de estilo y medios, así como a la variedad de contribuciones históricas representadas.

Painted portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver on beach with mentally disabled children

Voices of Social Justice

Grados 6-12

In Voices of Social Justice, students will learn about some of the major figures who struggled to obtain civil rights for disenfranchised or marginalized groups. They will listen to stories of social justice and analyze portraits of individuals who broke barriers——from key nineteenth-century reformers to modern leaders—and will likely be encouraged to consider how they, too, can become civically engaged.

Foto en blanco y negro de Gloria Steinem y Dorothy Pitman Hughes con los puños levantados


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