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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 #13 of 255 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Hereford, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
11 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is my second visit - last went 2 years ago and only had 45mins before having to catch a flight. Truth is, on returning I was a little underwhelmed and the highlight for the wife and I was the President Gallery - providing wonderful portraits and really succinct, interesting potted histories for each of the Presidential tenures. Definitely worth... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I stopped by on a whim after visiting some other attractions near by. I was excited to see all the familiar portraits of presidents as well as other historical figures that I have seen in books all my life. But the gallery is not limited to portraits; there are landscapes and sculptures and modern art exhibits as well - something... More

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Mobile, AL
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35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Just walking the halls is a trip through time. The president's gallery is amazing and a must see. It is a huge space to cover and you want to take your time in seeing all the art pieces.

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redondo beach
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66 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The neon map was amazing! You need about 2 hours in here. Go see neon map,sports paintings,presidents and oscar awards. We went with our 2 twin 9 year old boys who loved it.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This free Smithsonian Gallery was featuring Richard Estes paintings and Yousuf Karsh was phenomenal - simple as that.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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239 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite galleries in DC is housed in a beautiful Greek revival building. This museum is off the tourist radar thus not as crowded compared to the ones on the mall. Their collection of poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story is an interesting one. Allot at least a couple... More

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Interesting gallery this one. I didn’t love it but it was certainly eye catching in places. Maybe I didn’t fully appreciate it because we only arrived here at 4pm after a long day at the National Gallery. Housed in the old federal Patents Office Building on the corner of 8th and F Street NW, the National Portrait Gallery contains thousands... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Presidential Hall is the best exhibit here, but there are always interesting displays rotating in and out.

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Long Beach, CA
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54 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I love this museum. It is so wonderfully stocked with so many beautiful pieces of art that you really can't get enough of it. There are treasures around every corner and my favorites are the statues. They have an amazing bronze on the second floor by St. Gaudins. I love it. You can find many familiar pieces here that will... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Visited the National Portrait Gallery with fellow educators to experience another way to teach history. Even though I live in the DMV I had never visited this museum. Love the space, great place to learn and relax.

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