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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 252 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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Abilene, Texas, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We had a blast at this gallery. It was much larger & had many more displays that we first thought. We only had about 3 hours to spend there before closing time (7pm in summer), but would have been happy to stay here all day! It was definitely worth the time and very convenient to the Gallery Center metro stop.

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Houston, Texas
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43 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

One of some DC museums that open past 5 PM (This closes at 7), National Portrait Gallery is an awesome museum that should be on your bucket list when you visit Washington DC! The Gallery houses many beautifully-drawn portraits of historical figures, including presidential portraits that are currently on your currency bills, and the portrait collection ranges from the Washington... More

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Fascinating look at original art from our nations history. A must see for anyone who likes historical culture. Presidents portraits were inspiring.

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74 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this beautiful building-the best in DC. Grilled cheese $5 to eat in the courtyard was much better than the over priced hotdogs/burgers/pizza at the other museums

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Hudson Valley NY
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My first visit here, and it is wonderful. Most of of the men and women who had influence on the history of the US are here, in just about every medium available. The "Cools" exhibits are awesome for Baby Boomer.

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Queensbury, New York
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This Smithsonian is really 2 museums in 1. The Portrait Gallery and the Museum of American Art. It is located a little ways away from most of the more well known museums but is worth the trip. Both museums offer something for everyone.

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Seminole, Florida, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I wish we had allowed more time to view these amazing collections of portraits. We did not realize how much there would be to see. We really enjoyed the American Origins, Civil War and American Presidents. A special picture was also included in memoriam for Robin Williams who passed away this week. Our next trip to Washington DC will include... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Went on two tours while visiting there and both guides made historically factual mistakes. The courtyard area is beautiful, it's fun to see the presidential portraits, and the special exhibitions were interesting. But disappointed that the guides are passing along info that isn't true.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We arrived and immediately set out to see the Monets etc, the only gripe, would that I feel that the paintings could be arranged better or a more useful and easier to read map would of helped us enjoy the place better, tip take your own food.

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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Extensive with many different genres. Plan to spend at least half a day, if not a full day. There are some great history lessons behind the portraits and it's not all portraits. The courtyard café is a great place to relax and have lunch. Standard café fare, but the courtyard is absolutely beautiful.

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