Portrait of Stephen Colbert at the National Portrait Gallery




Date: January 2008


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On episodes of The Colbert Report aired in mid-January, host Stephen Colbert attempts to donate his portrait to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, but the museum's director suggests that Colbert should speak to the National Portrait Gallery. After much "discussion," the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Marc Pachter, found an appropriate place to hang Colbert's portrait, adjacent to the Hall of Presidents and in between the bathrooms and above the water fountain. The line outside the bathroom at the National Portrait Gallery was out the door ever since museum officials decided to hang the portrait. The portrait hung for six weeks.


  • Pachter, Marc
  • Colbert, Stephen 1964-
  • Glass, Brent D
  • Hall of Presidents
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Neuman, Johanna. "At Last, the Smithsonian Gets Colbert." The Los Angeles Times, January 22, 2008.

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January 2008


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  • Museums
  • Museum directors

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