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National Portrait Gallery

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
As featured in DC Art Lovers Guide and 4 other guides
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Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-357-2700
11:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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More than a pretty face

Even though it was a portrait Gallery there was there were also other pieces of artwork including sculpture and photographs and other works of art. The highlight of the museum was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even though it was a portrait Gallery there was there were also other pieces of artwork including sculpture and photographs and other works of art. The highlight of the museum was the presidents' portraits. Each of the portraits reflected the personality of the president and gave insight into their character.

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Before dinner, we took a self-paced tour of the gallery. Every wing represents a point in time - from traditional to modern era. Appreciated the artifacts on display.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I only had about 30 minutes to rush through, but I was not disappointed. The museum is easy to navigate and each section had interesting art themes. I went in Feb and there were several by and about Black American history. There was also a section by amateur artists that was fun to look at. It's kind of amazing what... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were told on a bus tour earlier to make sure and stop and see this museum. It is free. Very interesting portraits to see and a pretty place. There are original portraits from sport players to artists and so much more not to miss the Presidential Portraits. This museum is nice to do maybe after dinner like we did... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take a guided tour if you can. And wander around solo as well. Make sure to see the Presidential portraits and read the accompanying text. Fascinating stories, history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The greatest place to meet the ordinary and extraordinary people that formed our nation's history. In my latest visit, I was face to face with almost every President of the US. I "met" and learned about the vibrant culture and people of New York's Harlem. And got to see portraits of many artists, poets, and authors whose works I have... More 

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Elbert, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been almost 20 years since I saw this great museum, and was not disappointed to revisit it. There were some new exhibits of presidential portraits, daguerreotype images, and Babe Ruth. The inner courtyard is awesome still and the great hall with the beautiful tile work is still there. Beautiful building, courteous staff and wonderful art -- we spent 3... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite museum of all the Smithsonian Museums in DC, with a vast array of portraits, from the famous originals of American Presidents to more current popular culture. It is located in the Penn Quarter area in the restored old Patent Office, with a beautiful, massive inner courtyard with atrium roof, where you can grab lunch or a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have walked by this place countless times. Decided to go in and check it out. Very diverse portrait gallery. Traditional American heritage mainly. Beautiful landscapes. Some eclectic mixed media. Spent a few hours here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in DC for a conference a few years back and was pleased to discover the Portrait Gallery. They featured portraits of the American presidents, not always the pictures I was familiar with. I spent less time on the other portraits, but I always find them interesting -- this gallery is more democratic than the London Portrait Gallery.

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