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Current Exhibitions

The Obama Portraits Tour

On view through March 20, 2022

Side by side official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
Barack Obama sits in a wooden chair in front of an encroaching wall of greenery and flowers.
Michelle Obama's official portrait by Amy Sherald depicts her in a white gown with colored patches reminiscent of quilting patterns.

 

Please Note: Due to high demand, an exhibition-specific ticket is required for all visitors, including children and Members. Obama Portraits tickets are $16.50* per person and free for children ages five and under.
*Some exceptions apply

Tickets

Please Note: Due to high demand for this exhibition, an exhibition-specific ticket is required for all visitors, including children. Obama Portraits tickets are $16.50* per person and free for children ages five and under. This applies to all visitors, including Members.
*Some exceptions apply

From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the museum’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public.

This five-city tour will travel the country from June 2021 through May 2022 and is expected to reach millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings. In addition to the artworks themselves, The Obama Portraits Tour will feature audio-visual elements, Portrait Gallery-led teacher workshops, curatorial presentations, and a richly illustrated book (National Portrait Gallery and Princeton University Press). This special presentation will enhance the conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.

Tour locations include:

For more detailed information on ticketing for this exhibition, including special extended hours, please visit the Obama Portraits FAQ page. For the best experience, we recommend visiting during the week. Weekends tend to have higher volume and sell out quickly. All free dates are sold out. All tickets reservations are final. Tickets reservations cannot be rescheduled or exchanged.

Image credits: Kehinde Wiley, Barack Obama, 2018, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, © 2018 Kehinde Wiley; Amy Sherald, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018, oil on linen, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the generous donors who made these commissions possible and proudly recognizes them at npg.si.edu/obamaportraitstour.

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Organization and Support

The Obama Portraits Tour is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC.
Support for the national tour has been generously provided by Bank of America.

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Community access ticketing made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation.

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Lead Support Provided by

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Mack Wilbourn

Funding Provided by
Kent and Tamara Kelley and Sally and Allen McDaniel

Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor

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Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
ACT Foundation, Inc.
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate
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Harry Norman Realtors logo.

Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Robin and Hilton Howell

Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Corporate Environments
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
Mrs. Peggy Foreman
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Wade Rakes and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
In Memory of Elizabeth B. Stephens by Powell Stephens, Preston Stephens, and Sally Stephens Westmoreland
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.