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Thursday, June 2, 2016


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Take a Tour

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery
M-F: 11:45 & 2:15
Sat & Sun: 11:45 & 3:15

Docent's Choice
M-F: 1 & 3:30
Sat & Sun: 1:30 & 4:30

Babe Ruth on the baseball field with a teammate

A Home Run Show

One Life: Babe Ruth
Opens June 24, 2016

Arguably one of the most portrayed Americans, no president, Hollywood star, or athlete so enjoyed the limelight for as long as Babe Ruth. The exhibition includes prints, photographs, personal items, and advertising memorabilia endorsed by Ruth. Join us this summer for "One Life: Babe Ruth," opening at the Portrait Gallery June 24. 

Person in a muscle shirt raising arms

"The Outwin 2016" Finalist: Jess T. Dugan

Screenshot of the new Portrait Gallery website

Welcome to our new website!

Woman taking photo at photography exhibition

Teens discover the power of portraits at IMAGINE=IMAGE


old photograph of nineteenth century woman

Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs

Opens June 17, 2016

Highlighting the depth of the Portrait Gallery's early photography collection, the exhibition presents two portraits of seven famous sitters. The pairs bring to light the ways in which various daguerreotypists approached the same subject and how different the results could be.

Featured Programs

Group participating in a slow looking exercise

Thursdays at Noon | Thursdsays, June 2, 9 & 16

Take a break from the work day to take part in an immersive tour. 

June 2: Slow Looking at Denyce Graves by Nelson Shanks
June 9: Portrait InSight tour well-suited for those who are blind or partially sighted (but open to all!)
June 16: Portrait Conversation with historian Kate Lemay on John J. Pershing by Sir William Orpen

Group listening to an educator in front of a portrait

Conversation Circles | Fridays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 10 a.m.–noon

Practice English in small groups while learning more about American history through portraiture.

Person in a muscle shirt with arms raised

Artist Talk: Jess T. Dugan

Sunday, June 5 | 2 p.m. | The Outwin 2016

Discuss Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt), a finalist entry featured in "The Outwin 2016," with its artist, Jess T. Dugan. 

Blind or partially sighted individual in front of a portrait

Portrait InSight | Saturday, June 11 | noon

Listen to vivid verbal descriptions and touch selected objects in a program well-suited to those who are blind or partially-sighted, but open to all who enjoy close looking.

A teen taking a photography of another teen

IMAGINE = IMAGE Teen Photography Display| Thursday, June 23 | 2–5 p.m.

View works by teens participating in the IMAGINE=IMAGE Teen Workshop.

Babe Ruth sitting with a baseball bat

Baseball Double Feature | Sunday, June 26 | 3 p.m.

Get in the game with a double feature of baseball-themed films. 

3 p.m.: The Sandlot
5 p.m.: Major League Legends: Babe Ruth,
a Smithsonian Channel production

Family Programs

Girl coloring

Open Studio Fridays | Fridays, June 3, 10, 17 &
27| 1–6 p.m.

Work with a different material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit. 

Kids learning about a portrait

Portrait Discovery Kits | Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25; 1–4 p.m. | Sundays, June 5, 12 & 19; 2–5 p.m.

Pick up a kit for an interactive way to learn more about people who are in the museum and their contributions to American history.  


Portrait Story Days | Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25;
1–4 p.m. | Sundays, June 5, 12 & 19; 2–5 p.m.

Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in our collection.

June 4 & 5: Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 11 & 12: Alice Waters
June 18 & 19: Chuck Close
June 25: Patience Wright

Thomas Edison doing science at a green table

Young Portrait Explorers: Thomas Edison

 Monday, June 13, 10:30–11:30 a.m. 

Discover the Portrait Gallery through an interactive tour that touches on art and history through storytelling. Registration required. For toddlers up to age five and their adult companions. 

Kids doing crafts at a family day

Babe Ruth Baseball Family Day | Sunday, June 26 | 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Celebrate America's pastime and one of its greatest heroes! View the new exhibition "One Life: Babe Ruth" and enjoy games, crafts and music.

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