Smithsonian Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Washington DC, Washington DC

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Visit the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum on a 2.5 hour semi-private (8 Guest Maximum) guided tour. Discover the best of American-made works all under one roof. Two of Washington’s most iconic museums take up residence in the historical Old Patent Office Building, where history and art collide.

What's Included

Duration 2.5 Hours

Professional Tour Guide

Semi-Private Museum Tour

Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 9
  • YOUTH: Age: 10 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Notes: National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is dela
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • A maximum of 8 people permitted per tour allowed
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

National Portrait Gallery
Once a Civil War Era hospital, this building has featured art exhibits as early as 1829. Poet Walt Whitman tended to wounded soldiers here, commemorated by a portrait hanging here today in the National Portrait Gallery. Other portraits recall the great women and men who shaped the United States. Presidential portraits, as well as those of the first ladies, trace a long lineage of famous leaders. Civil War figures, like Grant and Sherman, recall a more turbulent time in the nation’s history. An eclectic mix of paintings and photographs, as well as 19th century daguerreotypes, recall the Robber Barons, the Suffragettes, and various other individuals throughout the US’s short but remarkable past.

Within the American Art Museum, appreciate scenes by American artists like Mary Cassatt, who took part in the Impressionist movement. Fast-forward to Georgia O'Keeffe and her provocative flowers. Learn about the photographs commissioned by the government during the Great Depression as well as the curious portrait of former president Obama. Discover famous artists like Edward Hopper and David Hockney before moving on to more experimental and contemporary art that will need a bit of explaining to understand how this all fits into America’s very unique story.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free


US History Coming to Life With Art!
Stephanie G, 10-10-2022
Annemarie was a wonderful tour guide! She highlighted key things from each of the art museum and provided intriguing information. She really made history come to life (both past and present art) and helped the tweens/adults appreciate the rich history of our great nation!
Educational and enjoyable
badgercat18, 07-10-2022
We enjoyed Richard’s way of presenting the art and history to us. I Highly recommend. Will book again. We learned about presidents, artists, architecture and scandalous parties in the past.
Love him!
635tammieh, 28-09-2022
He was great, lots of knowledge and stories. We had a great afternoon. Highly recommend and would do it again. Need more words.
Recommended without reservation.
Vindolicious, 23-06-2022
TONY WAS FANTASTIC! The tour was tailored to the desires of the group and he seamlessly lead us throughout a tour that covered everything of interest. Sure, we went back and took a more in-depth look at some things, but there is no better way to get an overview of what there is to see.
Outstanding Art History Knowledge
Kathy_Z, 20-11-2021
Meghan did an amazing tourthat got us through the highlights of the Portrait Gallery and Art Museum with plenty of time to discuss and put the art in context. She provided information about the picture or artist that we would never have known from the descriptive annotations! She is a self described "Art History Geek" and provided great insight into the women artists!

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