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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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Loved the President's Wing

This was a great walk through history. We really enjoyed the President's wing. This is a must see if you are in DC. One thing I learned is that you will not see the current US... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a great walk through history. We really enjoyed the President's wing. This is a must see if you are in DC. One thing I learned is that you will not see the current US President's portrait until they have left office.

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Merrick, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The National Portrait gallery, is a worth while stop when visiting DC attractions. There are a great many portraits of personalities that you will remember. The special presentation when we visited were Matthew Brady photographs of well known Civil War Generals. For those who are Civil War buffs, the pictures were of great interest. The display rooms are spacious, so... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

There are many interesting portraits in this Smithsonian museum. There was a temporary exhibit of Matthew Brady portraits of Civil War Union Generals. The must see section is the upstairs collection of diverse portraits of the American presidents. We were in awe.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you like American Art, head over to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. Lots to see and make sure to check out the Presidents, very cool. My 15 year old daughter LOVED the Contemporary Art. Some of the art is sculpture, some is photo, some is mixed media, and some is painted - a little bit for everyone.

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It was a cold day but the Atrium offered an oasis to get away from it all. Nice in-crowded exhibits nice staff free admission lots of parking nearby.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

One of the perks of Washington, D.C. is the number of FREE activities. All of the Smithsonian museums, for example, are free to the public. The Smithsonian Museum of American Art - between F & G streets, and 7th and 9th - is a treasure. The National Portrait Gallery is on one side of the building, and the permanent collection... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My friends and I visited this and we left so impressed, the place is beautiful and you'll get to see amazing portraits, one place you cannot to miss.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

DC has so many museums from which to choose and everyone has their favorites but this one just became one of my favorites- it's a manageable museum. It's open later than the other museums - you could save it for last -and it's off the beaten track a bit but still a stop on the city's trolley tours- easy to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I can only absorb so much at a gallery. Took the tour and can't say enough good things. Instead of wandering around in a fog, I learnt so much, including interesting info about the building itself.

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Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Loved going and seeing the portraits of our national heros, our government officials and individuals with "star" names

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