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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 11:30 - 19:00
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F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-357-2700
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a special step back in time gazing at the likenesses of famous Americans, captured for a "moment" in their extraordinary lives. Wonderful works of art. Well laid out museum and special exhibits. Restaurant. Close to other Smithsonian museums. A must do for those...More

Thank Loveacorona
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the "sleeper" museum that surprised us. It is phenomenal! the 3rd floor was home to Lincoln's inauguration ball. One gallery has portraits of all past presidents. Don't miss it!

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 6 days ago

From modern art made out of refuse, to photo portraits of past presidents, to ethnic art depicting Klu Klux Clan activities, its here. Very varied and well presented

Thank Meg107
Reviewed 6 days ago

The internal courtyard is a work of art in itself, with the play of shadows and light capturing visitors' attention. We particularly wanted to see the portraits of the Presidents, and were not disappointed. A wonderful place to visit.

Thank Retiredme
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this gallery. They have included a good amount of description behind the history of the art work that you are looking at, and so it was almost like a mini history museum with art. I loved it!!!

Thank itsxjackie
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my wife kind of dreading it and ended up loving it. The artworks provide a history lesson in addition to a visual display. We went in intending to spend an hour and spent two and a half hours. So, give it a...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting small museum, open every day until 7:00 pm, like so many museums in Washington, free admission!

Thank palekh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went in as a part of a hike thru history where specific questions were answered at various locations. I have zero ability to evaluate art other than if I like it or not. The building is gorgeous and full of exhibits. The atrium in...More

Thank whiskey3pa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place to spend the afternoon - and another perk, it's surrounded by fantastic restaurants unlike the other major DC museums.

Thank Franytish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of Art are located in the same building. The building itself is amazing. We came here to see a few specific exhibits. Staff was helpful in pointing us in the right direction. We enjoyed the exhibits we...More

Thank IWork2TravelUSA
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is the famous George Washington portrait on display right now? The website claims it has been off display since February of last year and will be till fall this year
4 June 2017|
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
SORRY-- I haven't visited the National Portrait Gallery, since my last review; so I can't tell whether the website is correct.
Is the famous George Washington portrait on display right now? The website claims it has been off display since February of last year and will be till fall this year
4 June 2017|
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Response from walpurgisnacht | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know
For the docent-led tours, do you just show up at the appointed time/place, or is some kind of reservation needed? Thank you!
14 March 2016|
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Response from ArtLoverAlways | Reviewed this property |
At the National Portrait Gallery you show up at the appointed time for walkin tours. Meet behind the information desk on the F Street side of the building. Enjoy.