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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 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Greensburg, PA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The exhibition, "American Cool," is a lot of fun - great portraits of iconic writers, actors, musicians. You could spend hours in this museum or just pop in and see one exhibit, depending on your available time - it's free - so no need to feel like you HAVE to spend hours. Don't miss a little relaxation time in the... More

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nola
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34 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

if you know what the founding fathers and other important people in U S history look like its because of this place. it is absolutely great to see the portraits in person. copies of these portraits are found in every history book you ever had. seeing the originals is mind blowing.

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Vancouver, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The portrait gallery is in the same building as the modern art museum and both are excellent. Didn't think portraits would be so impressive. See it, you'll like it!

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Alexandria, VA
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199 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The National Portrait Gallery has permanent collections and a series of new exhibits throughout the year. Check the website for details. The atrium-like Kogod is simply a marvel of architecture. The ceiling appears to be at least 75 feet high. This used to be an open-air location but has changed dramatically with extensive upgrades. It is a great place to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This was in many ways the icing on the Washington visit cake. I love pictures of people and what they tell you about that time. This was an incredible walk through art and people. The little restaurant is great as well.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Having been to Washington DC many times, seeing all the monuments and memorials, I am more convinced all students be required to visit DC before they graduate from high school. Putting that aside, a trip to the National Portrait Gallery was an unexpected treasure depicting the history of America and the US. On first impression it is just a bunch... More

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Falls Church, VA
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The National Portrait Gallery is a must see. From the Presidents to the "Cool" exhibits, it is a find and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Amazing architecture with the (now) covered center courtyard to the grand gallery, each exhibit is tastefully and carefully done to perfection. Go there, you won't be disappointed in seeing famous people captured on... More

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Farmington, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The last three times I have visited D.C. I have managed to visit the National Portrait Gallery, and I have never been disappointed. The permanent collection has been worth revisiting, and the new exhibits have been very interesting.

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California
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310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The NPG is currently hosting an exhibit on "cool" that our teens really enjoyed. Lots of conversation.

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Orlando, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is one of my favorite museums because it is so neat to see what these historical figures really looked like. Very fun.

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