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National Portrait Gallery

Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560 (Downtown / Chinatown)
Phone Number: 202 357 2700
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Ranked #12 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Sydney
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

On a wet and freezing day it was a joy to visit the meuseum. We got around to most of it, and I particularyly liked the rooms on U.S. presidents, civil right leaders, and the more recent portrayes. Another highlight was the vast covered courtyard where my family enjoyed lunch from the cafe.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This was a great stop for us, as it was 1) indoors (it's December!), and 2) a little quieter than everywhere else. It's a little off the beaten path, in Chinatown, but near the metro. No security check to go in (surprising, but fine). However, the security people did ask me to carry by backpack by hand or on my... More 

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Houston, TX
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The gallery is of course filled with famous persons, but the explanations and the history of the people portrayed makes the visit especially meaningful. Location makes the gallery easily accessible via Merto.

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Kendall Park, New Jersey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We don't often get to DC for leisure but when we do we're usually coming through the National Portrait Gallery. This time it was for Time Magazine covers from the 1960's. It features the original art, paintings, sculptures, etc. and the stories behind them. There's always something interesting to see here.

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Denver, Colorado
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94 reviews 94 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Very beautiful spaces, 3 major floors, enjoyed the collection. Very large square with a new courtyard with a roof about 50 feet up. American Art and Portrait share the building, but different sections. Highly recommended. Went twice and still did not see everything.

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West Seneca
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The exhibit on the Time Covers from the '60s attracted me to the museum, but I found out how much more there was to see there. Two very full floors of portraits...American Presidents and others who have made a difference in our country. While young people might appreciate this art work, I think one has to have some historical context... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great place to see the most important people in American history memorialized through amazing works of art.

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We were very fortunate that the National Portrait Gallery was within several blocks of our hotel on a recent trip to D.C., and it's free, which is even better. This was the only museum open late while we were there, until 7pm, so we were thrilled to be able to visit. There were several different exhibitions, and while we went... More 

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Greenfield Center, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I loved the National Portrait Galley. It was wonderful to see all the beautiful paintings and statues. A very elegant setting and building.

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

In past visits we've visited only the Presidents' gallery, which is well worth the visit. This time we visited the rest of the museum. There was much more than we realized going in. Of course, there were portraits of other famous Americans with descriptions of their contributions to our history. There's much more. Take a tour to get background info... More 

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