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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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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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A great way to spend an afternoon

I actually came here by myself after work one day. I just walked around, especially the temporary Norman Rockwell exhibit, that sucked me in. The work is fantastic. They also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Graigrmansfield
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I actually came here by myself after work one day. I just walked around, especially the temporary Norman Rockwell exhibit, that sucked me in. The work is fantastic. They also sell wine.

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bethesda, md.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While most tourists never leave the Mall proper in terms of museum hopping...the National Portrait Gallery remains one of DC'S greatest treasures. From older to modern day...the portrait gallery provides a wonderful look at those iconic Americans who made this country so special. Take a couple hours out to browse this museum. It will be time we'll spent. Admission is... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stop by this wonderful building to check out the portraits in this terrific setting. There are famous and not-so-famous paintings and photographs, as well as great special exhibitions.

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Thank DebMC123
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a full-fledged museum, not just presidential portraits. The winter 2016 Irving Penn show is outstanding. Allow the better part of a day to see all three floors.

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NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a really fun museum. Lots of things to look at and the top floor is beautiful. It is worth a look if you have the time.

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My daughter (13) and I love spending a couple of hours here. The building has both portraits, but also a nice modern art collection. Great atrium for a snack break.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We pass by this museum hundred times till my daughter suggested. I regret not going in sooner. We visited it two days in a row during our last 4-day trip. Although it named Portrait but there are plenty history, as well as art. At one corner is Irving Penn exhibition. Girls rule: four female justice, as well as Helen Gurley... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is probably pone of the most beautifu and intelligent museum in Washington. I went there after visiting the catastrophical Museum of the American Indian. From the outside, It looks fine (a bit of the Giuggenheim, of Bilbao, of Rondchamp - not very "Indian", indeed). But the interior is void of exhibits, filled with didactic panels, emptied... More 

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White Mountains
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a lover of American History and as a avid reader of presidential biographies it was like I was like spending the afternoon with my friends and heroes.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum stands alone from the other ones on the Green. It shares the same building as the American Art museum. Make sure you go to the third floor of the Portrait Museum side and then climb the stairs to look at the museum storage areas. Most people seem to miss this gem.

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