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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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Description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Great size, Great variety of Art and open till 7pm- Love this Museum!!

This is one of my favorite museums in DC. It has wonderful variety of art- great folk art, WPA paintings, early americania, great Deco sculptures and upstairs the contemporary art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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wilmington, DE

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wilmington, DE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite museums in DC. It has wonderful variety of art- great folk art, WPA paintings, early americania, great Deco sculptures and upstairs the contemporary art is very cool. It has a neat courtyard in the middle to just sit and relax as well. Don't miss the big Thomas Hart Benton mural, Calder sculpture, the Folk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Some of the reviews mention that they needed more time to visit here. I will echo that same sentiment. Although not on a schedule I visited yesterday and really find it interesting to put myself in the eyes of the artists. Take the time to visit and read the interesting facts provided for each display. Really enjoyable time.

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Centerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

It is still amazing how Artist can reach within a person's soul and brush it onto a canvas, and we can see ourselves looking deep within our leaders eyes!

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Evanston, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We were in D.C. for our son's wedding. The weather was hot and humid. We stayed at the Hotel Monaco across the street, so it was convenient to go to the Portrait Gallery. I had hesitated because we were with our 2 year old, but it turned out to be a great place to go. There is a wonderful airconditioned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I loved this place. To see all our presidents' portraits gathered in one place was breath taking. This is truly a National Treasure not only for the portrait subjects but the artists as well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

a great collection of faces, characters,us, the two legged beings who have distinguished themselves, left a mark or are still creating them. presidents,authors, hostiruans, heroines,poets, idiots and trail blazers. the inner courtyard has been covered so one can now sit outside but be shelters, grab adrink or a bite from the cafe and ponder. there is much to see and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Fantastic Gallery, could have spent more time but easy to get through in a few hours. Strongly recommend you take the free tour, very knowledgeable guide, groups not too big.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is just off the National Mall a bit, and offers a far less busy alternative to the National Gallery of Art or other Smithsonian museums. It is free of course (how awesome is that!). The same building houses the Museum of American Art (the collection is fine) and the National Portrait Gallery (more interesting). If the concept of a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This was one of my favouriites, it is huge, you will need atleast 3hours, the amount of things to see, they have free lockers for your things, there are bathrooms on every floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The portrait gallery is really lovely, but our favorite part of the gallery is the covered, air conditioned oasis in the center of the building. It is a lovely place to get out of the heat/grime of the city. There is a great water feature for young children and a lovely cafe.

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Additional Information about National Portrait Gallery

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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