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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)
“patent office” (31 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"
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"patent office"
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"covered courtyard"
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"presidents portraits"
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"historical figures"
in 46 reviews
"third floor"
in 54 reviews
"civil war"
in 99 reviews
"special exhibits"
in 70 reviews
"great art"
in 36 reviews
"verizon center"
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"permanent collection"
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"love this museum"
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"couple of hours"
in 41 reviews
"across the street"
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"on display"
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"my favorite"
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"beautiful building"
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Reviewed yesterday

Why have I not visited here before? It's so much more than portraits. And it's a wonderful building.

Thank whoadamsel
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had looked on line and picked out a docent led tour that would bring us through bosth the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Smerican Art Museum. Tour was very good. In retrospect would chose 2 seperate tours if doing again, if only to...More

Thank Ellen C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is my new favorite Smithsonian. Changing exhibits of cultural interest are amazing. Also reminds you that America has survived many administrations and we’ve had amazing leaders as well. Lincoln’s portraits are particularly moving and the weight on Lincoln is apparent. They have an ongoing...More

Thank Josie1952
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were fortunate to visit the Gallery right after the portrait of President Obama was unveiled. We worked our way through all the Presidents' portraits, some of which I had never seen. the line to see the Obama portrait was long, but it was well-worth...More

Thank Jane B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had never been to The National Portrait Gallery, I guess because there is always so much to see closer to the Mall. We went last weekend to see the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama and will be back for further exploration. The lines...More

Thank beekeeper5
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum share space in the old patent office building. Most of the Smithsonian Museums close at 5:30 or 6:00. Both of these museums are open until 7:00 PM every day except Christmas Day. They are two...More

Thank Deborah1150
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The two portraits were well worth viewing. They are both extremely expressive, and interesting takes on the art of portraiture. Because they are such recent installations at the National Protrait Gallery, iinterest in them each is high, so there are lines set up for people...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being in the neighborhood with just a short amount of time at out disposal we decided to stop in and see the portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama which just came out this week at the above-mentioned. We skipped the longish lines of visitors queuing...More

Thank bfindysz
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this museum for the amazing history. Although we have been there twice we never seem to get through every exhibit since we get lost reading everything. You can be lost in this museum exploring. We only wish we had allotted much more time....More

Thank Layla13
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While you might want to just pop in (it's free) and see the Presidential portraits (very cool, especially Clinton's), you could spend a whole day here marveling at the gorgeous expanse of art in the connected (it's all one building) museum.

Thank J_Taylor_Tampa
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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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Response from atlantaru17 | Reviewed this property |
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