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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 253 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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Elyria, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One of many art/portrait sites in DC, we were very happy on the upper floors, the more modern displays downstairs were not our cup of tea - too esoteric for our tastes

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Mexico City, Mexico
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33 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Worth the trip if there is a good temporary exhibit. Nice portraits, from the american presidents to movie and sports stars. Not much people and its free.

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Fremont
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I try to visit during ever single business trip - there are permanent works which are incredibly unique and there have been unique exhibitions I thoroughly on Asian American portraits & American Cool. The gardens in the middle of the museum are truly an oasis of peace in the middle of the chaotic city. Make time to enjoy a cup... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Tour this gallery and get a since of the vast scope of the exceptional nature of the American experience. From great political and social leaders to common people in the pursuit of their passionate interests. Everything is here in the faces and the art. Well worth the walk to this otherwise out of the way museum.

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Tyne and Wear
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

An amazing museum to spend hours wandering round the huge variety of portraits. I loved those of the American Presidents

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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104 reviews 104 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We had about 2 hours free during a recent conference and decided to spend a little time here. We were lucky to see American Cool, which was on its last day when we visited. The videos and background music of some of the artists featured in the exhibit enhanced the really cool collection. We were also able to see the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I love this museum off the beaten track. This museum has a very diverse collection for art enthusiasts with all preferences. Not to mention, it's FREE!

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Belleville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery contains portraits of all of the presidents and many other historical figures. Each portrait contains information about the person so it's more than just looking at a painting. We spent about 2 hours here and didn't see everything.

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Newcastle, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Great place for good overview of American history through portraits of those who made it happen. Try to catch a free guided highlights tour - lasts an hour, but definitely enhances the visit. Cafeteria food ok, although fairly pricey - you could do better at nearby street cafes really

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

the building was very pleasant to walk through with some interesting paintings, you could easily go through it and another museum in one day.

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