National Portrait Gallery
Experience portraiture beyond the frame. 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.
How can you collaborate with us?
The Portrait Gallery has a variety of resources for the classroom that have been developed to complement our exhibitions. View and print our online materials or download them as PDF files. Visit our online collections to search, browse, and augment your lesson plans.
Download “learning to look” portrait highlights like this one of Marian Anderson.
Portrait Gallery Podcast
The Portrait Gallery Podcast: PORTRAITS: Join director Kim Sajet as she chats with curators, historians, and thought leaders about their favorite portraits, and reveals the real people behind the art.
PORTAL = Portraiture+Analysis
PORTAL = Portraiture + Analysis, the National Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, promotes the study of American portraiture and visual biography.
Introducing... Storytime through portraits
Introducing: In a new kind of story time, see the portraits and hear the stories of important figures while learning new vocabulary.
Young Portrait Explorers
Explore portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes—and discover the stories behind them. Dig deep with some discussion questions and then get moving with fun activities on the day’s topic. For children ages 3 and up and their families. Download these Young Portrait Explorers Activity Guides below.
Share tours in American Sign Language
Enjoy ASL tours of exhibitions including One Life: Marian Anderson, Portraits of the World: Switzerland and The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today.
Enjoy online adaptations of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions and collection highlights through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, including several exhibitions timed with Women’s History Month. In addition, over 3,800 works of art from the museum’s permanent collection can be viewed on the site.
Portrait Gallery on Smithsonian Learning Lab
Experience portraiture beyond the frame with the Portrait Gallery Learning Lab page. Use these collections to enhance your curriculum, learn about inspiring individuals, or explore family friendly activities and lesson plans.