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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 #13 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed my most recent visit to the National Portrait gallery. The layout is easy to follow and I applaud the great organization. The whole museum is very peaceful and quiet, making it perfect to admire the art. The indoor fountain area is very cool too.

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marion, iowa
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Again I wish I had more time ... only managed to do the first floor. I will be back to enjoy the outstanding collection.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Large amount of portraits both historically based and modern . It would appeal to a broad base of people and age ranges. Had descriptions by all portraits which were very good and informative. Certainly worth a visit. Perhaps allow about 2 hours for a quick look round or longer for a detailed tour ( say 3-4 hours )

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Elyria, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One of many art/portrait sites in DC, we were very happy on the upper floors, the more modern displays downstairs were not our cup of tea - too esoteric for our tastes

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Mexico City, Mexico
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38 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Worth the trip if there is a good temporary exhibit. Nice portraits, from the american presidents to movie and sports stars. Not much people and its free.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is part of the national galleries and is free admission. For all the history of popular portraiture, with intriguing styles from many venues, this is a must for at least one visit. Singularly notable works, including sculpture, reside here (e.g., Catherine Hepburn) and non-flash photography is welcome. The Presidential wing is a good place to study earlier styles and... More

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Fremont
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I try to visit during ever single business trip - there are permanent works which are incredibly unique and there have been unique exhibitions I thoroughly on Asian American portraits & American Cool. The gardens in the middle of the museum are truly an oasis of peace in the middle of the chaotic city. Make time to enjoy a cup... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Tour this gallery and get a since of the vast scope of the exceptional nature of the American experience. From great political and social leaders to common people in the pursuit of their passionate interests. Everything is here in the faces and the art. Well worth the walk to this otherwise out of the way museum.

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Tyne and Wear
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

An amazing museum to spend hours wandering round the huge variety of portraits. I loved those of the American Presidents

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had about 2 hours free during a recent conference and decided to spend a little time here. We were lucky to see American Cool, which was on its last day when we visited. The videos and background music of some of the artists featured in the exhibit enhanced the really cool collection. We were also able to see the... More

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