“Our collections present people of remarkable character and achievement. These Americans‚Artists, politicians, scientists, inventors, activists, and performers‚ form our national identity. They help us understand who we are and remind us of what we can aspire to be. Get to know us at the National Portrait Gallery. We look forward to sharing the faces and stories of inspiring Americans with you.”
Arriving and Parking
"The access ramp is located at the G Street entrance to the museum."
Limited metered parking is available on the streets around the museum. These spaces are not accessible but can be parked in for no charge with a disabled parking placard or tag. For up-to-date information about parking in city metered space, check the District Department of Transportation website.
ADA parking spaces are available, for a charge, at nearby parking garages. View the map of their locations."
Getting Around in the Museum
"Elevators serve all areas of the building. All restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible. Family/companion care restrooms are located on the first and second floors near the F Street elevators, and in the Luce Foundation Center on the third floor."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Lift access to all levels
- Wheelchair hire available
"For your comfort, wheelchairs can be borrowed by asking the security officer stationed at each museum entrance.
Spaces for wheelchairs are available in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium."Vision accessibility features:
- Audio description services
"Service animals are welcome in the museum.
Portrait InSight gallery talks incorporating verbal description and tactile objects are offered twice a month, and by request."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of programs and tours is available upon request; allow two weeks' notice if possible.
Assisted listening devices and hearing looping are available for events in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.
All videos shown in conjunction with an exhibition are captioned.
Portrait Signs gallery talks in ASL are offered twice a month, and by request. Visit the Access Programs page for details."Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
"Compared to many of the Smithsonian museums along the Mall - the Portrait Gallery is a quiet museum. The Kogod Courtyard and the Great Hall are large spaces that echo and can be busy and loud during public programs. If your child is sensitive to noise, consider bringing noise canceling headphones.
Benches are located throughout the museum.