National Portrait Gallery
Art Museums • History Museums
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11:30 - 19:00
Monday
11:30 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 19:00
Thursday
11:30 - 19:00
Friday
11:30 - 19:00
Saturday
11:30 - 19:00
Sunday
11:30 - 19:00
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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  • Gallery Place • 2 min walk
  • Archives • 6 min walk
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Joan
Irmo, SC51 contributions
Nov 2022
There is such a variety of art. Primarily paintings but so many beautiful and interesting pieces. Life sized portraits and amazing landscapes. You can view the art and read so much interesting information or just enjoy the art. The contemporary/more recent portraits were a nice change from the traditional pieces.
Get a map because it is easy to get turned around.
Written 17 November 2022
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Stephanie M
12 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
I loved this museum. Great portraits. I only had about 2 hours there and it was not enough. I need to return to see sections I missed.
Written 8 November 2022
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Wynne W
Auburn, AL205 contributions
Oct 2022
We didn't have much time, so we only went to the Presidential portrait exhibit. But that was 100% worth the stop. I wish I had visited sooner!
Written 26 October 2022
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Dianne G
Princeton, MN193 contributions
Oct 2022
We really enjoyed learning so much more about the 45 Presidents along with seeing their portraits ( Biden isn't included..yet). The variety of art styles choosen by the Presidents for their portraits was interesting to see. The information plaques were great because there are some Presidents I didn't know much about.
Written 9 October 2022
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Carol M
East Chicago, IN74 contributions
Sep 2022
We only did the presidential gallery and one other exhibit. It was no line, no admission, no crowd, and the enclosed courtyard was very nice. Looked at the menu at the cafe but nothing sparked our interest.
Written 26 September 2022
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Maria F
Ames, IA259 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Incredible art collection. The building itself is very nice with an indoor courtyard and cafe, making it a nice place to retreat and relax.
Written 17 September 2022
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Susan
Chicago, IL9 contributions
Aug 2022
if you like portraits and representational art, or think you might, you must visit the NPG -- outstanding captions, full of insight into the subject and the artist, brings US history alive. And the building itself is stunning, newly opened when Lincoln held his second inaugural ball here (was the new patent office). Off the mall by a few blocks but surrounded by restaurants and has a nearby metro stop
Written 13 September 2022
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,734 contributions
Aug 2022
National Portrait Gallery is a historic art museum between 7th, 9th, F, and G Streets NW in Washington, D.C., in the United States. (202) 633-8300.
We spent hours at this historic art museum and plan to return. Portraits span many eras and topics. The “Out of Many: Portraits From 1600 to 1900” is only one, though very large, set of collections worth seeing. There is also a Watergate Exhibit. We plan to return to see other aspects of the art—paintings and sculptures and even photographs—here. The descriptive and informative explanations really enhance the experience at this free museum.
Written 30 August 2022
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kile m
10 contributions
Sep 2021
I love this place and have been several times. Looking into the faces of those people we all know stories of is fascinating. Hidden treasures, incredible artwork, fascinating art - highly recommended. It is tucked behind the National Gallery but don’t neglect it, it’s well worth a visit. And if you see a display box with a cloth on it, lift the cloth - you may find something amazing underneath.
Written 23 August 2022
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Alex .
Nashville, TN174 contributions
Mar 2022
I don't normally enjoy art museums, but this has an element of history that makes it a must-see for me.
Written 1 August 2022
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