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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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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Portraits that pay homage to aspects of American culture, A real treat. 4 blocks from Metro Center, magnificent artwork & free admission. The magnificent Kogod Courtyard is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Portraits that pay homage to aspects of American culture, A real treat. 4 blocks from Metro Center, magnificent artwork & free admission. The magnificent Kogod Courtyard is a great place to enjoy lunch and the architecture of the National Portrait Gallery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is one of my go to museums in WDC! One of the reasons is that it shares space with the Smithsonian American Art museum so it is a two for one destination and on a hot day I can spend a couple of hours wandering through the cool halls. Both institutions are housed in grand buildings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a less visited museum because it is not on the National Mall and therefore less crowded, but just as fascinating as any other. You could spend a long time reading all the very informative descriptions beside every portrait, whether it be a president or another famous person. It is so interesting to see how artists depict their subjects... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Must see on a trip to DC. We have visited many times in the nine years we have lived in DC. Great visiting exhibits and permanent collections. Nice atrium to rest, relax and enjoy a coffee.

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melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

the portraits of the presidents and the special exhibits were stunning. The contemporary section also impressive

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Federal Way, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Much more here than we expected. We especially loved the Gilbert Stewart work of George Washington. The Bierstadt of the Sierra Nevadas is breathtaking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I spent the best part of two afternoon going around the various collections and loved every second. The exhibits on the US presidents were very good. Don't forget to get to the very top of the building where there are some earlier as well as less well known works. This is definitely one place I would visit again if in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I don't think I visit this gallery for the same reason as out of town visitors. I visit to eat lunch in the courtyard. During the early spring, I believe, the f,owes in the inner yard, are in bloom. Great, but simplistic, indoor garden, with a cafe attached.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is located north of the chaos on the National Mall. I have been there twice and particularly enjoy the portraits of the US presidents which combine off beat modern portraits with classic presidential portraits we recall from our history books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Got to the Gallery at 6:00pm. The docent at the desk was super helpful. He helped us organized and maximize our limited time. It closed at 7:00pm. The collection housed such a variety of images we all came away thrilled and impressed by it. The presidential portraits were amazing to see in person, so was the portrait of the real... More 

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Additional Information about National Portrait Gallery

Address: Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 357 2700
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 7:00 pm

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