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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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“american art” (146 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
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+1 202-357-2700
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"american art"
in 146 reviews
"famous americans"
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"covered courtyard"
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"presidents portraits"
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"historical figures"
in 47 reviews
"third floor"
in 58 reviews
"civil war"
in 99 reviews
"great art"
in 37 reviews
"verizon center"
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"permanent collection"
in 32 reviews
"special exhibit"
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"across the street"
in 60 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 41 reviews
"on display"
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"my favorite"
in 41 reviews
"beautiful building"
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Reviewed yesterday

Came to see the Obama portraits and enjoyed so much more. There is a lot to see. I came towards the end of the day so didn’t get to see everything. Was impressed with the exhibits I did see. Wasn’t too crowded either on Wednesday...More

Thank Amanda F
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Reviewed yesterday

So glad we didn't miss this! More than just portraits! Make time to go to the 4th floor. Loved the Katherine Hepburn portait!

Thank lilliansmimi
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What an amazing day - yes you can spend all day here. The presidents portraits are a small part of this great place that is totally FREE. Great art, incredible history, and a wonderful building.

Thank Brenda M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful space for viewing Americans portraits of artists, politicians, poets, scientists, inventors, activists, and performers. These people that helped form the USA identity. Open daily from11:30 AM - 7:00 PM. Closed December 25. Admission is free. Swing by Chinatown for lunch then visit.

Thank KPinDE
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You may not like the rendition of some of the portraits on display, you will definitely appreciate the Gallery that they are housed in. The National Portrait Gallery is a spectacular building honoring thousands of faces over the four floors within a gorgeous and spacious...More

Thank Neutralality
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The National Portrait Gallery is well worth visiting. It is not a stuffy art gallery but a fun-type of place. The portraits of various Americans and US Presidents is a special feature. It is free. There is a pleasant shop and cafe. A must-visit location.

Thank IE2015Traveller
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Reviewed 4 days ago

America's history is shown here through portraits of it's great people. Loved recent president's portraits: Barak Obama, Richard Nixon and many more.

Thank Varda A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

You will be shocked how many faces you recognize. The artwork runs the gamut from classic portraits to pop art portrayals. You can visit again and again and still not see it all. As with all the museums, wear comfortable shoes. A national gem.

Thank letterboxer2010
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Start on the second floor with the Presidents, then on to the third floor and finish up on the lower level. This is a must see.

Thank amyh1313
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow, this was very wonderful and kind of a surprise to us as far as how much we enjoyed these portraits. Each president's portrait captured a side of the man that was special. This museum was open later than almost any other museum in the...More

Thank Dana S
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Meghana U
5 April 2018|
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Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
We spent 4 hours but we easily could have gone 8 or more. There is so much to see to include rotating collections. You can even grab lunch there but there are plenty of restaurants in the area and with admission free you... More
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MJ1222
5 April 2018|
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Response from yowsah1 | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned above the fastest way to get there would be to take the Metro, otherwise it's a fairly short (10 minutes or so) walk.
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Gloria C
15 February 2018|
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Response from Frederic S | Reviewed this property |
No, you can simply walk in. If you visit during the week it is fairly quiet and even on weekends, it doesn't feel that busy (it is so vast that you don't notice the crowds!). There is no charge, unless there is a specific... More
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