National Portrait Gallery


About the National Portrait GalleryThe National Portrait Gallery was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of "men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States." Today, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery continues to narrate the multi-faceted and ever-changing story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives form our national identity.



Program Available

Triumph & Tragedy in History: Portraits from the Collection
During this tour of the National Portrait Gallery, National History Day participants and their chaperones will take a broad look at the museum’s collection as it relates to the NHD 2019 theme, Triumph & Tragedy in History. Through analysis of the visual elements of portraiture, students will explore biography, art, and the American experience in the museum’s permanent exhibitions, American Origins, America’s Presidents, The Struggle for Justice, and Twentieth Century Americans. This program is for Junior or Senior Division students. The capacity is 60 participants.

Location: National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & G St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (G Street, NW entrance is the only entrance open before 11:30am)

Times Available
Monday, June 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Senior Division students only)
Tuesday, June 12, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Junior Division students only)