Scout Program Offerings
The National Portrait Gallery now offers exciting new programs that allow Brownies, Junior Girl
Scouts, and Cadettes to have educational and culturally enriching museum experiences while earning
points towards Brownie Try-Its, Junior Girl Scout badges, and Cadette interest project awards.
Programs are offered during the school year (September to June) every Monday, Wednesday, and
Saturday (except the first Saturday of each month). They are approximately one-and-a-half to two hours
in length and include:
An interactive tour in the Portrait Gallery showcasing women and men who have made a
significant contribution to American history and culture, including the portrait of Juliette
Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
A hands-on activity in the Education Center.
(*) An educator will provide you with information on the pre- or post-visit activity once your
reservation is confirmed.
Her Story (including pre-visit activity*; fulfills four requirements)
Throughout history, women have fought for equality, the right to vote, and self-reliance. During this
program, Brownies will learn about historical issues that were important to women and will be
introduced to women who rose above their peers to seek justice and equality for women of all races
and backgrounds. Following the tour, Brownies will participate in hands-on activities in the Education
Center that complement the tour and fulfill Try-It requirements.
Highlighted Sitters: Susan B. Anthony, Juliette Gordon Low, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Listening to the Past (fulfills three requirements)
This program introduces Brownies to important women from the past. Following an interactive tour of
the “American Origins” galleries, Brownies will participate in hands-on activities in the Education
Center that teach them about what it was like to live long ago.
Highlighted Sitters: Juliette Gordon Low and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Write Away (fulfills three requirements)
Writing and reading are important pastimes for documenting and learning about history. This program
tells the story of women in the Portrait Gallery’s collection who shaped the history and culture of our
nation through their courage. Following an interactive tour in the galleries, Brownies will create a work
of art in the Education Center that tells the story of their lives.
Highlighted Sitters: Juliette Gordon Low, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and Phillis
Junior Girl Scout Programs
Celebrating People (including post-visit activity*; fulfills six requirements)
Celebrating the unique qualities of each individual, this program introduces Junior Girl Scouts to
historical figures in our collection who come from various communities of origin.
Highlighted Sitters: Juliette Gordon Low, Christopher Reeve, Pocahontas, and Rosa Parks
Folk Arts (fulfills four requirements)
Folk art is made by everyday people, not professional artists.. This program provides Junior Girl Scouts
with an understanding of different types of folk art in the Portrait Gallery’s collection—from statues to
carte de visites—and allows them to discover their own talents by creating unique works of art in the
Highlighted Sitters: Juliette Gordon Low, Stephen A. Douglas, Benjamin Harrison, Harriet Beecher
Stowe, and Sojourner Truth
It’s Important to Me (fulfills three requirements)
Acts of courage and determination can be seen throughout history. This program highlights courageous
women who left a positive mark on our country’s national narrative. It also provides Junior Girl Scouts
with a basic understanding of traditions and values from around the globe, and encourages them to
follow the Girl Scout Law in their daily lives.
Highlighted Sitters: Pocahontas, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth
Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Juliette Gordon Low, and Rosa Parks
Museum Discovery (fulfills three requirements towards interest project award)
(Please note: This program is only offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design an exhibition or to conserve works of art that
are centuries old? During this program, Cadettes will learn about professional museum careers through
personal discussions with museum specialists such as curators, conservators, educators, designers, and
fund-raisers. Cadettes will also be given a tour of the Lunder Conservation Center.
Highlighted Sitters: Juliette Gordon Low, Christopher Reeve, and Harriet Tubman
Women Through Time (fulfills four requirements towards interest project award)
Have you ever wished you lived long ago? This program brings participants back in time to discuss and
learn about important women in our collection and the skills they would have needed to master in
order to survive. Following a tour of the galleries, participants will learn about a skill from the colonial
period, such as how to make corn husk dolls.
Highlighted Sitters: Juliette Gordon Low, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sojourner
Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Susan B. Anthony (through January 6, 2008, participants will also be
introduced to painted story quilts created by Faith Ringgold in the “Portraiture Now: Framing
Scout Program Guidelines
National Portrait Gallery scout programs are offered from September to June, on Mondays and
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Each program is approximately one-and-a-half to two hours in length.
Reservations require one months’ advance notice.
The minimum number that we can accommodate in a single program is ten scouts.
The maximum number that we can accommodate in a single program is thirty scouts. If you
want to bring more than thirty scouts, you will need to schedule multiple dates for your visits.
If your group is more than twenty minutes late, the National Portrait Gallery has the right to
cancel or alter the scheduled program.
Each program has a predesignated list of portraits the scouts will see. Please see the programs
Making a Reservation
The National Portrait Gallery will begin taking reservations for scout programs for the upcoming
academic year on August 1. Submitting a registration form is only a request; written confirmation (via e-
mail) from the National Portrait Gallery constitutes a booking guarantee.
1. Select your program. Use the program descriptions found in this registration packet or on the
National Portrait Gallery’s Web site.
2. Complete the registration form. To register for more than one program, fill out an additional
3. E-mail (NPGeducation@si.edu) or fax (202-633-8521) your completed form on or after August
4. Look for confirmation from the National Portrait Gallery. You will receive an e-mail
confirmation within two weeks of receiving your request.
If you need to cancel or reschedule a scout program, please e-mail NPGeducation@si.edu at least one
week prior to the program date. Please be aware that if you need to reschedule, we may not be able to
accommodate the request because these programs fill up quickly.
Guidelines for Scout Tour Groups
To enhance your troop’s visit to the National Portrait Gallery, please observe the following guidelines.
They are designed to ensure the safety of our collections and the enjoyment of the museum by all
visitors. Troop leaders and chaperones must review the following Gallery Guidelines with scouts before
a museum visit:
Please help us protect our artworks by not smoking, eating, chewing gum, or drinking in the
Please do not touch art objects, including frames, pedestals, and furniture. Invisible oils on skin
can damage works of art.
Please remain at least three feet away from all artwork and walls. Do not lean against or place
personal belongings on display cases or pedestals.
The use of cell phones, handheld computers, headphones, MP3 players, radios, and electronic
games is prohibited during an educator-led program.
Pens and markers are not allowed. Only pencils are allowed for note-taking or writing exercises.
Clipboards will be provided if necessary. Do not lean clipboards on walls, pedestals, or glass
Scouts must stay together within their assigned groups at all times, and must walk—not run—
Scouts are encouraged to leave coats and backpacks on the bus, if possible. The museum will provide
coat bins for groups at the G Street entrance during inclement weather.
Student groups must be chaperoned at all times. Required ratio:
Grades 1–2: one adult per five scouts
Grades 3–6: one adult per ten scouts
Grades 7–12: one adult per fifteen scouts
Please see Chaperone Information Sheet below for more information.
For questions about registration please e-mail NPGeducation@si.edu.
Location Regular Museum Hours
8th and F Streets, NW 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily
(Group entrance is at 8th and G Streets, NW) Closed December 25
The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located five blocks from the National Mall and across the
street from the Verizon Center in the Penn Quarter area of DC.
The National Portrait Gallery is above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and
The National Portrait Gallery is unable to provide bus or public parking. Parking is available at City Center
Parking, at the site of the old Convention Center (enter from southbound 9th Street, NW, south of New
York Avenue, NW).
The National Portrait Gallery’s scout programs are available to all individuals. Please identify any special
needs of your scouts, whether physical or academic, when scheduling your visit. Barrier-free access is
available at the G Street entrance. All areas of the museum are served by elevators. Wheelchairs are
There are no facilities for eating a bag lunch at the museum. Two food service options, the Upper West
Side Café and the seasonal Portico Café, are open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Food may be purchased
there during open hours; however, there are no provisions for large groups to dine.
Handheld photography and video for personal use is permitted in the permanent collection galleries, but
NOT in special exhibitions. Tripods are not allowed.
For security reasons, all bags, backpacks, and packages will be inspected and searched upon entrance to the
museum. To speed entry, please encourage scouts to leave all personal objects and bags on the bus. Large
purses or backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Bag check is not available in the museum.
Organization Name and Troop Number:
City, State, Zip Code:
Home Phone: Mobile Phone:
Grades: Number of Scouts: (Remember, there is a
minimum of 10 scouts)
Number of Chaperones:
Please register my troop for the following program (Choose One):
Brownies Her Story Listening to the Past Write Away
Junior Girl Scouts Celebrating People Folk Arts It’s Important to Me
Cadettes Museum Discovery Women Through Time
Fill in your preference for date and time.
All programs are offered September–June, Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30
a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
First Choice Date: ________ (MM-DD-YYYY) Time: ________
Second Choice Date: ________ (MM-DD-YYYY) Time: ________
Third Choice Date: ________ (MM-DD-YYYY) Time: ________
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By submitting this form, I agree to all of the guidelines set forth in this document for
scout programs at the National Portrait Gallery.
Chaperone Information Sheet
Dear Troop Leader:
Adult chaperones are required for all scout tours at the National Portrait Gallery in the following ratio:
Grades 1–2: one adult per five scouts
Grades 3–6: one adult per ten scouts
Grades 7–12: one adult per fifteen scouts
Please fill in the chaperone information below and forward it to via e-mail to NPGeducation@si.edu or
fax to 202-633-8521). Chaperone information sheets must be received at least one week before your tour
# of assigned
Chaperone Name Address Telephone scouts
Failure to provide an adequate number of chaperones for your group may result in the cancellation of your
Troop leaders and chaperones are responsible for their scouts’ behavior while at the museum. Chaperones
must review the attached Gallery Guidelines with scouts before a museum visit. Please be advised that
troop leaders, chaperones, and scouts are bound by the same guidelines.