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The National Portrait Gallery

8th St NW & G St NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Great for Portraits & Events
and in our standard portraits service area.

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The National Portrait Gallery, located in the heart of Washington D.C., is a magnificent venue for portrait and wedding photoshoots. With its historic architecture and world-class collections of portraits and photographs, the museum provides a unique and elegant setting for capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

The National Portrait Gallery was established in 1962 and is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum’s mission is to showcase the works of American artists and to document the lives and legacies of significant figures in American history. The collections housed at the National Portrait Gallery include paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art that depict the most important people in American history.

The museum is open every day except for Christmas Day, and the operating hours are 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Thursday, 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM on Friday, and 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM on weekends. Photoshoots are permitted at the National Portrait Gallery, provided that they do not disrupt the visitor experience or damage any of the works of art on display.

One of the best features of the National Portrait Gallery for photoshoots is its historic architecture. The museum is housed in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building that was originally built as the United States Patent Office in 1836. The building has been restored to its original splendor, and the grand halls, marble staircases, and ornate moldings provide a beautiful backdrop for photoshoots.

In addition to its stunning architecture, the National Portrait Gallery also boasts a world-class collection of portraits and photographs. Photographers can use these works of art as inspiration for their own shoots, and they can even incorporate the portraits into their shots if they are looking for a unique and historical touch.

Location Limitations:

The National Portrait Gallery does not allow any camera or light supported on stands, even when held by an assistant. This means that only natural lighting, and lighting which originates from the camera or flash units affixed to the camera itself, may be used. Additionally, while guests can carry bags, backpack style bags must be worn on the front of the body.

The National Portrait Gallery

8th St NW & G St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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The National Portrait Gallery is in our standard portraits service area.


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Parking at the National Portrait Gallery can be tricky, and may involve a considerable walk. During off-peak hours, street parking may be available on F St or 8th St outside the museum. If no parking is available there, are paid public garages east and west of the museum on E st.

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