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Private Tour of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

A private, personalized tour led by a real art historian.

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Privately Guided Tour at the National Portrait Gallery in DC

The art collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC includes everything from miniature portraits created as love tokens to a complete collection of portraits of each president of the United States, as well as many of their first ladies. On an ART SMART guided tour, you can customize your experience to explore the interests and satisfy the curiosities of you, your friends, or your family. Led by a knowledgeable art historian, you will be guided on an exciting and memorable journey through the faces of American history.

What to Expect on Your
Tour of DC’s National Portrait Gallery

After you complete the booking process, you will receive an email with details regarding where you should meet your guide. Based on the information you provide us with, we will tailor the tour to fit the needs and preferences of your specific group. Your tour will be conducted in ART SMART’s signature conversational style, meaning your experience will be educational, collaborative, and exciting. During the tour you may see:

  • The only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House
  • A variety of daguerreotypes
  • An extensive collection of first ladies’ portraits
  • Works from important points in American history, such as the Civil War or the Women’s Suffrage movement
  • The Time Magazine cover collection
  • A range of exciting temporary exhibits


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Pricing Questions

Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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