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National Portrait Gallery

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Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 357 2700
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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This month there were some special Civil War exhibits including Matthew Brady photographs of Civil War generals, which my husband loved. A little disappointing: the Stephen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This month there were some special Civil War exhibits including Matthew Brady photographs of Civil War generals, which my husband loved. A little disappointing: the Stephen Colbert painting is no longer displayed!

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Lancaster, Ohio
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The National Portrait Museum and American Art Museum are just spectacular. My favorite is the portrait museum because I love the placards with the history of the subject and artist. I love to see whether the artist captured the expression and the eyes. A wealth of information can be gleaned from the eyes and facial expressions. There is much to... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

When you need a quiet respite this is the place. Spend some time in the courtyard reading, relaxing and people watching. Don't forget to give yourself time for the connected American Art Museum. This is the best of Smithsonian museums, and just enough off the beaten path to be a bit of an escape for those of us who get... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum are one building with a delightful courtyard in the center. It is easy to visit all the exhibits both because of the layout of the building and because it is less crowded than the museums on the mall. We've taken our out-of-town guests there for many years and they remain two of... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

*Take the Gallery Place-Chinatown metro stop. Further away from "DC's other museums," enjoy this gorgeous building and discover what is inside. When I walked through it was not too crowded, and as with other museums; it is free. I really enjoyed walking through exhibit of all the portraits of the US Presidents. As in other museums, you will have a... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see. The hall of Presidents was awesome. Lots to do, it was a little overwhelming, but fun to see it all.

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Finally got here and enjoyed it immensely. For anyone who loves history, the presidents' gallery is very interesting.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Portrait Gallery weaves together America's art and history. Currently there is a great exhibit on the Civil War generals, one on featuring the portraits of America's presidents, and one dedicated to the struggle for rights in the USA. All worth taking the time to see in a beautiful building.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

As we were staying south of the mall, we took the subway here and were surprised with the neighborhood. It is a totally different feel than the mall or the quiet of our hotel. It was noisy and not a place I would hang out. We even saw someone get hauled off by the cops. The gallery was great to... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The first thing that impressed me about the Art Gallery was the front entrance. It is Huge. With very high columns at the front entrance. A lot of beautiful steps leading up to the entrance. Once you go inside the building you have a big surprise coming your way. If you are an Art lover you will be in heaven.... More 

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