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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 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Belfast
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Don't be put off thinking it'll be just one stuffy portrait after another. It's so varied, so dazzling. It's more history through art. From Albert Einstein, Ab Lincoln to Bob Hope with a little bit of Madonna, these portraits capture some of American's greatest iconic figures as well as lesser known mortals such as, inventors, writers and scientists, who in... More

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Buffalo, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I know this may be right up some people's alley, but it was not for me. Nothing to keep my attention. The portraits of 20th century Americans were interesting and the ones of US Presidents are good, but too much just wasn't of any interest to me. Just my opinion. This is probably great to many others

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Pensacola, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed viewing all the art. Not really for children as mine would have gotten bored. Very interesting though and a must see.

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The size is manageable and the special exhibits are always well curated and interesting. I never miss a visit here when I'm in DC.

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Upstate New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The National Gallery of Art in Washington is one of the world's foremost art institutions. It is of remarkable quality, both the art and the architecture of the buildings. I visit every year, and find it to be a place of sublime beauty. The iffiness I mentioned is that day I was there this year, two things happened regarding food... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

You won't believe who's in here. Presidents, athletes and hip hop artists. How about the picture of Washington you see on the dollar bill? Well worth a visit, and you can't beat the price!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I spent a wonderful afternoon here -- 3 floors of wonderful displays in a lovely cool and quiet building. Optional videos add to the experience. A lovely courtyard is available to patrons, along with two gift shops. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend it!

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San Francisco, California
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39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Renovated and reopened not too many years ago, this sparkling historic preservation has it all---great art (classic to modern), architecture, history, spatial quality (stunning atrium by architect Sir Norman Foster, skylight, reflecting pool).... Explore every part of these facilities---all are superb examples of the best in culture and design.

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We didn't know what to expect when we visited but it exceeded expectations. We only left because we had a date but we looked the civil war pieces and "Cool" exhibit. I will take family and friends and look forward to future exhibits.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I don't know how many times I have been to DC and missed this place! It's much larger than you might first think as well. Several floors high and shares space with the American Art museum. The special exhibits we saw in July 2014 were incredible - American Cool featured portraits of iconic figures from the early twentieth century to... More

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