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National Portrait Gallery

F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 357 2700
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Ranked #12 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum share space in a National Historic Landmark building in Washington DC The... more »
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Omaha, Nebraska
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

When you grow up anywhere you have a little art in this museum you see incredible works that take your mind to a new place

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

National Portrait Museum in DC was absolutely phenomenal! It is also free of charge which you will be with most of the Smithsonian museums in DC. This place was enormous and you would need an entire day to get through it all. I would just pick and choose a few areas of interest and then tackle those first and then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I wish I'd had more time for there are so many different types of portrait art to see & contemplate. There are 2 floors and 2 wings. I especially liked the pop contemporary portraits such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, etc. The presidents' section is great. You cannot take pictures in some of the sections. The staff was very helpful.

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toronto
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The portraits were fascinating, all arranged by subject - not artists. But the collection of other newer works (Nam Jun Paik, Hockney, etc) were fabulous too. We should have gone back for a second visit. The covered courtyard garden cafe is a wonderful and vast respite from the hot days, as well.

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CARMEL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Too many portraits to enjoy- all started looking alike. If you enjoy the history behind the portraits, each one had a paragraph about the person. It is housed with the American art museum- not really into modern art

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Miramar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The was a exceptional experience. There were special edition displays that were only there for a few weeks. I enjoyed the experience.

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Limassol Cyprus
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This gallery is attached to the American art museum so it is not a specialised visit in just portraits. The whole place is very interesting, it has an excellent courtyard for lunch, it is a world class gallery and free of charge.

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WashingtonDC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There's just not enough time to see this wonderful museum! I was a bit skeptical of going to a museum of solely portraits, but once I spent any amount of time at the National Portrait Gallery, I realized it's more about history and culture through the medium of portraits. Here they have everything from portraits of Frederick Douglass to the... More

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houston
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We were early for our timed event at the spy museum so we decided to go into the portrait gallery mostly to get out of the heat. I was with two tween boys who weren't really that excited to go. But once we were inside, they were fully engaged. Wonderful

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You have to take advantage of this gem in DC!!! Take a packed lunch and eat in their wonderful atrium, and then make sore you take advantage of the personal tours offered on the half hours! This will give you great insight on the building and the artist. I really wasn't expecting such an amazing time, but my family of... More

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