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National Portrait Gallery

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
As featured in DC Art Lovers Guide and 4 other guides
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Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-357-2700
11:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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Wonderful exhibits every visit

You can wander at leisure and find what suits you. So much to see! An exhibit in Jan17 showcases American presidential portraits. The courtyard in the building is great for just... read more

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Gainesville, FL
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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You can wander at leisure and find what suits you. So much to see! An exhibit in Jan17 showcases American presidential portraits. The courtyard in the building is great for just sitting or grabbing a quick lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were only able to visit for a short time, but the four exhibits we saw were of top quality and captured our interest. The only wish was that they could be more extensive. Exhibits are well curated and additional information provided is excellent and informative. This might not be the best museum for little children, at least not the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gallery is a fascinating introduction to the development of portrait art and painting in the area of what was to become and became the United States. The series of civil war portraits of generals and soldiers from both sides was particularly memorable as were the portraits of almost all previous Presidents in the same sets of galleries. A great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is not in the league of The National Gallery of Art or the Phillips Gallery. However, it has a good collection of Americana and some noteworthy foreign works as well. Enjoy eating in the Courtyard Cafe in the most gorgeous atria in D.C. The gallery opens daily at 11:30 and you can sip a cup of coffee or... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The National Portrait Museum and the American Art Museum share the same building. The great hall is beautiful with an expanse of glass ceiling. I particularly enjoyed the America's presidents gallery and the Bravo exhibit of portraits of celebrities. The Moving Portrait of Bill Viola was mesmerizing. You can spend hours in here.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Like most museums in the nation's capitol entry is free. This is also a beautifully designed museum in the heart of DC.This gallery is not to be missed especially because you get to see the faces of history as they sat for some of our nation's most revered artists. The Presidential gallery is perhaps the most memorable, but don't miss... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After an exhausting day day doing several other museums, I stopped here on the way back to the hotel. The staff member at the info desk was amazing with lots of suggestions of displays that my 11 year old would like. I cannot believe the variety of art and the wonderful way everything is displayed. It wasn't busy and was... More 

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West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Huge numbers of portraits from the beginning of the nation to present time. Portrayals range from austere and proper oil paintings of the founding fathers to a sculpture of George HW Bush as a horseshoe player to a Warhol depiction of Michael Jackson. There are also photographs as well. There's sure to be a portrait here that interests you!

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited with my daughter primarily for the portrait gallery, but we actually enjoyed the other art just as much. As other reviewers have mentioned, the building itself is beautiful. It is a comfortable and inviting space. It is part of the Smithsonian, so there is no admission fee.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the Portrait Gallery. The art work by itself is worth the stop, but every portrait is accompanied with a brief explanation of the person and why this person was significant. Very, very interesting and not overwhelming at all. Gallery is combined with the American Art Museum so you can walk back and forth quite easily. And of course, cost... More 

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