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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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It rained so we popped in to keep dry

The beauty of free museums is that you can drift in and out randomly and not worry about having to get your money's worth. We drifted into the Portrait Gallery when it rained... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The beauty of free museums is that you can drift in and out randomly and not worry about having to get your money's worth. We drifted into the Portrait Gallery when it rained but stopped for a couple of hours, looking at the art on display. I particularly liked the displays of presidents and the civil war portraits. Not so... More 

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As with most attractions, a tour does a great job to show you little things you'd never know or notice otherwise. The tour was one hour. We then viewed portraits of presidents and many other famous Americans for another 1.5 hours afterward. It gets a little mixed in with non-portrait art...you have to look at a map to figure it... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I actually went there twice during my stay. I didn't have time to go through all the galleries the first visit. Since it was across the street from the Monaco hotel, this was not a problem. There are old portraits of our founding fathers as well as modern works and portraits of pop icons. Some sculpture as well. On a... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We escaped the summer heat to this gallery and chose the exhibition on social justice. A great collection of great leaders. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By far my favorite museum just in barely notching out the American History Museum. The Portrait Gallery is not located on "the Mall" so it frequently gets overlooked since a long walk or Uber would be needed. Among all the great portraits, the official portraits of all the Presidents of the USA. I appreciate art but I am not a... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You would do well to visit the gallery and spend at least half a day there. It is not boring, it is not tiring and you do learn a lot if you take the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a bit off the beaten path, so fewer tourists seem to find their way in, but I've seen some really thoughtfully put together exhibitions here including Eye-Pop, which just closed. And the portraits of US presidents are a must-see.

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved the courtyard which was strangely peaceful and muted in every way. Also loved the whole Presidential portrait area. I wish I'd had more time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The presidential gallery was the highlight for this museum. It also shares the space with the Smithsonian Art museum.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Again not sure, but wife convinced me to see it. The time spent was well worth it; very informative and not crowded. Quite interesting, but not a must see!

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