March programs - Celebrate Women's History with Live Virtual Festival and More!

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Celebrating Women's History Month

National Portrait Gallery

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects
and Social Justice

Thursday, March 11, 5:00 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 partner with colleagues from the Smithsonian and other institutions to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

What are the qualities of great leadership? Together with educators from the National Air and Space Museum and the National Women’s History Museum, we will celebrate Women's History Month by exploring this key question in relationship to portraits of activists Sojourner Truth and Sylvia Rivera, and pilot Bessie Coleman.

Free — Registration required


Spotlight Programs

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Wind Down Wednesday: First Ladies & Fashion

Wednesday, March 24
5:00 p.m. 
Instagram Live

This month, we’ll raise our glasses to fashionable first ladies with mixologist Allison Lane, who will show us how to create a cocktail (or mocktail) inspired by these White House style icons. Then, Sam Reed, senior editor for, will join us to discuss the history of unforgettable first lady fashion. Visit our website for more info!


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Where There Is a Women There Is Magic: Women's History Month Virtual Festival
Saturday, March 27
11:00 a.m.
Online via Zoom

Join the Portrait Gallery in a virtual celebration of women making history! Enjoy a daylong lineup featuring events and activities for participants of all ages, including workshops, presentations, art activities and more! Click here for more details.


Weekly Online Programs

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The National Portrait Gallery is proud to host some of its many public programs online. These digital offerings range from story times for young children to art-making workshops for all ages. Tune in to the museum's social media channels to experience them firsthand.

Visit our website's Visit at Home page for more in-depth program descriptions.


PORTAL Programs

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Native American Women and the Politics of Portraiture at the Turn of the 20th Century
Tuesday, March 2
5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Join Cathleen D. Cahill, Associate Professor of History at Penn State University, for a program that explores how two Native American activists,Marie Bottineau Baldwin (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Gertrude Bonnin, also known as Zitkála-Šá (Yankton Sioux), strategically used self-presentation – especially clothing and portraiture – to change public opinion about Native communities.
Free—Registration required

*Cécile R. Ganteaume, curator, National Museum of the American Indian, will moderate the Q&A. 


Online Tours

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Since we can’t get together in person, let’s meet up remotely! The National Portrait Gallery is now offering docent-led group tours for adults. Tours are available by registration.

Reservations must be made three weeks in advance of the desired tour date. To receive a tour request form, e-mail or click here.

*All tours are subject to availability; last-minute cancellations may occur.


Online Exhibitions

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We want to meet you where you! Enjoy online adaptations of the National Portrait Gallery's exhibitions as well as collection highlights, including "A Deep Dive into the Portrait of Ocean Conservationist Julie Packard" and a new look at the "First Ladies," through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.



Audio Descriptions of America's Presidents

Encounter the Portrait Gallery's signature exhibition from a new perspective! Our detailed audio descriptions of select presidential portraits are geared toward those who are blind or have low vision, but anyone can enjoy them! Available on our website and on SmARTify. This free and easy-to-use app allows you to explore more than 1,000 artworks from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.


ASL Tours

Check out past ASL tours on the museum's YouTube channel including one of "The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today," which is now on tour. Preview an online adaptation on the exhibition's website.



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