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“National Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art” 4 of 5 stars
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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 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
Cincinnati, OH
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“National Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We went to see the portraits of the Presidents, but there is so much more to see. I thought the most beautiful pieces were the landscapes by Albert Bierstadt. They are massive and just incredibly expressive. The sculpture they have is equally as moving. there is also a great exhibit featuring western/Native American art that is really cool. The exhibits on modern Americans was also really cool.

We combined this with the Museum of American Art since they share the same building. I was a little surprised at the setup. I knew half of the building was the NPG and the other the MAA, but I thought it would be seperated by floor. No - each floor is half and half, but we toured it floor by floor instead of museum by museum and it was convenient to do that since you just make 1 big loop.

These museums are off the mall and maybe thats the best thing about it. There were NO crowds at all. It was very relaxing to be able to take your time and not fight to see everything. The courtyard is a great place to sit and relax and have lucnh if you have time. Part of the collection of art is the building itslef. It is one of the finest in DC.

We spent 3 hours there and we saw everything we wanted to see. I will say that we don't spend 30 seconds looking at each painting though, we stop and admire what we like and quickly move through the rest. If you are an art afficionado, you could easily spend hours here.

Visited June 2011
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“A view of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

Not everyone is a art fan, but this is a must see destination of our countries great art. Particularly impressive was the presidential gallery. We had some difficulties trying to find a particular painting but the overall experience was great.

Visited May 2011
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“great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

A wonderful experience overall.. If you are there before Jan 2, 2011 , the Norman Rockwell collection belonging to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg is amazing. Not to be missed..

You can combine it with a late lunch at Jaleo's just around the corner.. Enjoy.. There is an inteligent surprise in every corner

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“Much more than just a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

Wonderful pictures and sculptures, not just portraits. We just happened to go here on the day that they opened an exhibit featuring candid photographs taken of Elvis in 1956.

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“Great for Grown-Ups..Ok for Kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

My husband and I took our 5 and 7 year old boys to this museum. There was an office there that was happy to hand out a bag of activities for the kids to use while there. Unfortunately, the bags were big and cumbersome and it was a bit complicated to figure out what they were supposed to do.
We did have a good time just wandering around sketching the art that we were seeing.

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