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National Portrait Gallery

F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-357-2700
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“american art” (148 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
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+1 202-357-2700
Ways to Experience National Portrait Gallery
US$60 per adult
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"american art"
in 148 reviews
"famous americans"
in 47 reviews
"covered courtyard"
in 40 reviews
"patent office"
in 34 reviews
"presidents portraits"
in 34 reviews
"michelle obama"
in 32 reviews
"historical figures"
in 47 reviews
"third floor"
in 64 reviews
"civil war"
in 103 reviews
"great art"
in 39 reviews
"verizon center"
in 33 reviews
"permanent collection"
in 33 reviews
"special exhibit"
in 31 reviews
"across the street"
in 63 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 42 reviews
"on display"
in 66 reviews
"my favorite"
in 43 reviews
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Reviewed today

I only wish I had planned my trip better, because I doubt I even saw half of the first floor. You could easily spend hours here. I will say, it's worth examining the map and the list of exhibits to prioritize what you want to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The 1st time we visited DC we didn't get a chance to visit this Gallery in Chinatown. This is an excellent option if you enjoy the Presidents and Civil War history. The Kogod Courtyard was awesome. The museum is also open until 7pm which is...More

Thank Missy S
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Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed the diversity of the presidential portraits. We stopped in the late afternoon and it was busy but not overly so. I would not suggest this stop for young children.

Thank ManyConferences
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved looking at all the Presidential portraits. The bios of all the President’s were fascinating & new Obama’s portraits were really unique.

Thank Roitz
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A lot of people miss this excellent gallery as it is not on the mall. It is a gorgeous building, great courtyard, amazing gift shop and you can buy art in a vending machine (seriously). It is also open later than the other Smithsonians (7...More

Thank kathryng273
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The name says it all - portraits, portraits and nothing but portraits, for the most part. We popped in, took a quick peek and popped right out. Good thing admission was free!

Thank lannykay
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It doesn't matter which camp you fall into, the portraits of the presidents was the highlight. However, I did cry when I saw the Obama portrait...I miss him.

Thank Ntwrkgguru
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had to come back and check out the Obamas official portraits. Michelle on 3rd floor and Barrack on the 2nd. The presidential portraits still has a long ling to take photos but you can view away from the crowd to the side. Great must see...More

Thank Erika G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This gallery is a must! It has a wonderful silhouette exhibition and much more, but of course the highlight is the Presidents portraits. There are some outstanding pieces here. Yes, Barak is great, but Bush Jnr and Nixon steal the show. All the presidents are...More

Thank Queen14259
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I stopped by yesterday and was quite pleased. I only spent time in a small section as I only had a couple of hours--mainly middle to late 19th century as I am studying the Civil Ware and its aftermath. I enjoy Daguerrotypes--they have a few...More

Thank joshaurora
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Marisie007
22 June 2018|
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Response from RustonTraveller | Reviewed this property |
No wait to enter. I’ve seen a 10-15 minute wait to stand in front of President Obama’s portrait (Weekend), Mrs Obama’s portrait was just crowded.
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vanemburghsusie
5 May 2018|
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Response from bobphillips32 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe so
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5 May 2018|
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Response from Gooner10-8 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there : You should take a look at the National Portrait Gallery's own website. You'll find quite a lot of helpful information under the VISIT - ACCESSIBILITY section, including the following : "For your comfort... More
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