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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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One of the Best Museums in DC

While many tourists flock to the Air and Space and Natural History museum (which are worth seeing), they should not overlook the National Portrait Gallery in the Gallery Place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

While many tourists flock to the Air and Space and Natural History museum (which are worth seeing), they should not overlook the National Portrait Gallery in the Gallery Place section of the city. Still part of the Smithsonian, this free museum houses the largest collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House. It also includes several levels of celebrity... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of my favorite Smithsonian museums. The permanent collection is wonderful but look to see what the special exhibits might be. They change regularly and can be even better.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is great because it's 2 museums in one. It's so clean and there is so much to see! You would need 2-3hours when visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is second only to the National Art Museum. It has beautiful American art and will be a highlight to your trip. Just trust me and you will find that is true!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I don't mean to down play the fabulous display of presidential portraits, but this museum is so much more. They periodically run a portrait competition, and the winner gets a commission to produce a portrait for their permanent collection. Some of the contestants were so outstanding that I find myself thinking about them days later. The museum is free, has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our stroll through the Presidential Portraits section in the National Portrait Gallery. This free museum is a must see if you have time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We much enjoyed our return visit to the National Portrait Gallery (free entry) this past Spring and continue to find this museum, along with the accompanying Smithsonian American Art Museum, for which it shares space in the Old Patent Office on 8th and F Street, to be one of D.C.s best venues for art lovers. The museum is open from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A good smaller gallery (compared to National Gallery) not far from Chinatown. It has a decent collections of portraits and small art. Worth visiting and it's free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Together with the American Art Museum, this combo is perfect for a visit where you can enjoy a portrait exhibition, american presidents history and also some contemporay modern and more classical art. Perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought the Portrait Gallery would be Presidents but they had pop icons and more. It was interesting to see all of the portraits that they had. My kids loved it and they are under 18

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