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National Portrait Gallery

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Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Art museums, History museums, Museums
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Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 357 2700
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11:30 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Wonderful variety of portraits

This museum is an excellent place for seeing portraits but an even better place to learn history and the people who made it. Well worth the time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Greenfield, MA
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Greenfield, MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is an excellent place for seeing portraits but an even better place to learn history and the people who made it. Well worth the time!

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Lowellville,
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This museum was recommended by my brother. It is very close to Chinatown which is where our hotel was. We took a nice walk about 4 blocks to the Museum and we had an amazing time . The building itself is an attraction. The art was amazing and I feel there is something for everyone. We spent several hours there... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I thought a museum of portraits would be boring. It was actually quite interesting and its co-location with the American Museum of Art allows you to alternate back and forth. and the Presidential portraits are cool, even though I am not an American.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A do-it-yourself class in American art history in and of itself and a great place to spend a rainy morning. The building is wonderful and there are great restaurants nearby.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Portrait Gallery is, by definition, a both a historical and an artistic museum, that is the displays are at least as much about the subjects as about the works themselves, but some of the portraits are outstanding in as art in themselves. The collections -- mostly arranged by period and subject -- offer a range of perspectives on American... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A beautiful building filled with beautiful pieces. The top floor hall is gorgeous and should not be missed.

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NYC
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138 reviews 138 reviews
11 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Have been here a number of times for special exhibits, but went this time spejcifically to see the last 25 years of TIME magazine covers. It was good...nothing I would rave about. Some nostalgia. It's rarely crowded and one never feels cramped or rushed. It's free..and you can wander into any number of other interesting exhibits. Get yourself on their... More 

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Philadelphia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Got to see the new Obama bust! It was 3D printed I believe. I also enjoyed the photo next to it that showed him sitting for the photo/scan.

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Maine
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I wasn't wowed by the National Portrait Gallery, but maybe that's because I was spoiled after seeing the National Gallery of Art. I expected more, and found it a bit uninspired. They have lockers at the entrance; you are not allowed to carry anything into the galleries. The central courtyard with beautiful glass ceiling is worth viewing. You might want... More 

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Rego Park, New York
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

There are so many great things to do in Washington DC that one could easily skip over the National Portrait Gallery and not feel as though you missed anything. You would be right. Although the price is right--it's free--and it is conveniently located to the Metro (Gallery Place-Chinatown), it is a place that has an astonishingly large, and astonishingly poor... More 

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