We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Spring break culture (continued)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 357 2700
Website
Improve this listing
Visit National Portrait Gallery like an insider
Special Offer
$78*
and up
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley...
Ranked #20 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
Cape Charles, VA
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Spring break culture (continued)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Yet another surprise! The presidential portraits were amazing as were the other exhibits! The portrait of Bill Clinton was a bit unusual. Worth a visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,382 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    982
    338
    56
    6
    0
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
480 reviews 480 reviews
231 attraction reviews
Reviews in 137 cities Reviews in 137 cities
497 helpful votes 497 helpful votes
“not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I was pleased to see a large crowd today at the NPG. As part of the Smithsonian, it is free entry. But this is one of those rare cases in life where you get far, far more than you pay for. The gallery has a wide selection of painted portraits from American history, including some of America's finest impressionists, like Childe Hassam and Mary Cassatt, sculptures and photographs. The current exhibition -- American Cool -- was wall-to-wall crowded. It was fun review of who has been considered "cool" among Americans, mostly entertainers and actors, over the past century. Another special exhibit on the Monuments Men, while small, presented original documents by these heroes of WWII.

There is far too much to see in a day, so it's worth concentrating on a review of the main collection and several exhibits. There is a wonderful atrium which is an ideal spot to have lunch or just relax.

Visited March 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Great 2 hours spent wandering through the 3 floors. US presidents a must see as is the champions exhibition.

Visited March 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Not only does this gallery stay open later than most of the museums in DC (VERY helful when planning late afternoon excursions!), but it also houses some very neat pieces of art. We explored the presidental portraits - very interesting as to what type of painting each president picked -- Clinton's is wild and who knew Nixon was able to get Norman Rockwell to paint his?? Wow! We also went through the American Cool exhibit with very cool photographs of famous artists, actors, and singers. My 11 year old loved these areas. Then, we also toured the Impressionist wing which was SO neat to see paintings by American painters but that conjoured up thoughts of Degas and Monet and Manet and Renoir. Lovely! This was not my 11 year old's favorite part but he also found the similarities interesting. It also has the cutest glass ceiling courtyard with cafe and water features!

Visited March 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Sounds boring, but it isn't ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great exhibits. This museum has some amazing exhibits running, and a fantastic gift shop. I wish we had more time to spend there!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed National Portrait Gallery also viewed

 

Been to National Portrait Gallery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage National Portrait Gallery, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.