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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.
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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 yesterday via mobile

We hadn’t planned to visit this museum but found ourselves with time and opportunity so off we went. What an unexpected delight! The paintings, photographs, sculptures etc were really amazing and thought provoking. Well worth a visit and another of Washington’s free exhibitions. A great...More

Thank Von1956
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had just completed our art history and were thrilled to see the different artists that studied under Benjamin West, a Quaker, now President of the Royal Academy of London who trained artists to paint our U.S. Presidents. Some of these paintings were used on...More

Thank FLChristianMom
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed seeing the official portraits of all the U.S. presidents, as well as portraits of many other historical figures. The portrait gallery shares the building with the art museum, so it's easy to go from one collection to another. There is a lot to...More

1  Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were walking by this museum on the way to something else and thought we may as well pop in. Wow we are so glad we did. Its a treasure trove of fantastic art that covers so many different styles. In fact the portraits of...More

1  Thank MikeS_From_Chicago
Reviewed 4 days ago

The open atrium with fascinating roof is great in day and at night. Area partially blocked for a party being set up, but was interesting to see how lighting effects worked for the space

Thank VacaBird
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went as kind of a last minute decision and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the whole museum. I enjoyed the presidents section, but mostly enjoyed reading the historical description about each one. Also loved the lumaria(?sp) light exhibit . The american collection was done...More

Thank mollywan
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's not just portraits here --one wing has 20th and 21st c. American art of high quality. The Tomayo show now in progress is a good introduction to this artist

Thank BJaneH
Reviewed 6 days ago

I honestly thought this was be a quick visit but I could have spent all day wandering and gazing and staring at all the beautiful and varied works. Loved it!

Thank Melisa C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Joined with the American Art Museum, this museum is also located near the International Spy Museum, as well as Ford's Theatre and the Peterson House. If you are in the area, don't miss this museum! The presidents' portraits are impressive, and hard to avoid. There...More

Thank ToriBow
Reviewed 1 week ago

We're fortunate in having been able to visit Washington, D.C. several times, and on each occasion we've greatly enjoyed coming to this wonderful Gallery. First, it's very accessible : you take the Metro RED Line to Gallery Place / Chinatown, and (provided you take the...More

1  Thank Gooner10_8
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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.