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National Portrait Gallery

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Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 357 2700
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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This gallery shares premises with the Smithsonian American Art museum and both are well worth a visit. I loved the 20th century Americans exhibition and the portraits of the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This gallery shares premises with the Smithsonian American Art museum and both are well worth a visit. I loved the 20th century Americans exhibition and the portraits of the American Presidents as well as the contemporary art section of the gallery

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow. We have been to the National Portrait Gallery several times and it always amazes. Gorgeously presented works of art, almost all paintings, and fantastically curated. Pristine space. The presidential portraits are wonderful and meaningful pieces of history. Love the New Deal pieces. The modern works are terrific. Great special exhibits. Free, but easily would be a $25 ticket well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not just portraits, but also some history around you. It is literally traveling through history as you see excellent real life scenery, and can easily get "lost" in imagining you were there settling the US.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love all of the museums in D.C. I wonder if Americans know how lucky they are to have all of these wonderful museums that are free to the public. The National Portrait Gallery is right off of the Gallery Place Metro, right in the heart of Chinatown and Penn Quarter. You could easily spend a whole day there, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The National Portrait gallery and the Americian Art Museum share two halves of the same building. In the courtyard between the two is a huge covered atrium that is the perfect city retreat in all weather. Warm in winter, cool in summer, dry in rain.I always go here after my business meetings. Since it is open later than other Smithsonian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For some reason I had expected the Portrait Gallery to be something of a boring experience. I even was tempted to skip it when I was planning this trip, but I can honestly tell you that would have been a terrible mistake! I completely fell in love with the Gallery and so did my father! Many of the portraits were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I specifically wanted to learn and see what our past presidents looked like and to learn some of their names. Their portraits helped put the 2 together.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the National Portrait Gallery! It is one of the best museums in DC and it is completely free. The variety of art here is extremely interesting and ranges from ancient to modern. Plan to spend at least 2 hours if you're taking your time and enjoying it. The Presidents section is one of my favorites exhibits so if you're... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Portrait Gallery information-labels focus more on the stories of the individuals portrayed than on the artworks themselves, though spanning centuries of portraiture, you will see a diverse and fascinating range of portraits. The recently renovated building, which includes also the Museum of American Art, has opened up some new galleries in this historic building (used, e.g., for Lincoln's second... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved seeing the portraits of the Presidents. This is a very nice place to visit if the weather is not suitable. I recommend visiting this Gallery.

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