National Portrait Gallery Reopens with New Days and Visitor Protocols Starting Fri, Sept 18 - Welcome Back!

National Portrait Gallery

On Friday, Sept. 18, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will reopen to the public. These museums, along with the National Zoo and the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia will be open. All other Smithsonian museums will remain temporarily closed.

As the Smithsonian continues a gradual, phased reopening, we're putting safety first, with new measures in place to protect everyone’s health, including new hours and timed-entry passes.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 18, the National Portrait Gallery will reopen with new hours, Wednesday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Free timed-entry passes will be required and can be reserved at

All guests will arrive and exit through the museum's entrance at Eighth and G Streets NW, which has an accessible ramp. The museum's F Street entrance will be closed until further notice. Please note that museum parking is not available.

For the latest on which galleries and exhibitions will be open, please visit our website at

Not ready to come back quite yet? Join us from afar. The National Portrait Gallery continues to offer a robust lineup of online workshops and programs that highlight the power of portraiture. For more on the Portrait Gallery's virtual offerings, explore the museum's "Visit at Home" page.



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