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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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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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make sure you go to the President's gallery; it is super cool. Otherwise we found it fun just to wander around the whole. be sure to go to the top floor for the modern... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

make sure you go to the President's gallery; it is super cool. Otherwise we found it fun just to wander around the whole. be sure to go to the top floor for the modern art--total fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is a must see. The building itself is fascinating architecturally, and the collection is historically important and very diverse. Native American art, folk art, modern art and sculpture collections in addition to protraits of American presidents make this a must see.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum has a wonderful permanent and visiting collection. I decided to visit this weekend to check out the Elaine de Kooning exhibit and was equally interested in their permanent collection. This museum is large enough that it would take a few visits to get through the complete collection. I enjoyed the Elaine de Kooning collection and The Four Justices... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is such a great place, I love almost all art, but portraits bring the history to you and there are more here speaking to American history than anywhere you will ever go. The techniques, styles, colors and expressions are just wonderful. The presidential section draws you in, but the lesser knowns will make you think of so much history... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The portrait gallery has a very solid collection, but nothing too spectacular. If youre set on it, it will be an enjoyable time, but if you have limited options on which museums to visit i wouldnt recommend going. Try the Native American museum or the air and space instead.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery, an arm of the Smithsonian, contains outstanding portraits (almost all paintings) of famous and important figures in our history. One wing has our Presidents, and many are famous pictures you will recognize from history books and other media. Most of these are contemporary, and particularly before photography are the most authentic images of our national leaders.... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The museum offers a wide and wonderful collection, the Presidental Gallery and American Origins Gallery is something not to be missed! I would also recommend visiting the Courtyard, it offers a peaceful and serene setting, perfect for a short break from viewing the art collections.

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Hyattsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I have been to museums all over the world. The National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum is near the top of my list. This museum has exceptional architectural features ( a curving double staircase, colonnades and vaulted galleries). The National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped our culture by way of the... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery is a national treasure with interesting exhibits and a fine permanent collection. (For more detailed information, see the website at http://www.npg.si.edu/collection/NPGimages.html.) I also particularly enjoy the large beautiful atrium that is in the Kogod auditorium section of the museum. The restaurant down at the end of the atrium is constantly improving. Servings consists of salads, sandwiches... More 

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Newton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum is the BEST museum experience I have ever had--and I go to a lot of art museums. I use many of these works of American art in my American Literature classes, so seeing them in person was a thrill. Such beauty, such a tribute to the human capacity for creativity.

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