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National Portrait Gallery

Closed Now: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-357-2700
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All of the presidents portraits and many historical ones. From engravings from 1500’s to present day. My favorite wing is on the third floor (south wing) known as the Great Hall. The Victorian Renaissance of the 1880’s is breathtakingly gorgeous. The President’s pictures are a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Shereetravel
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had such a lovely lunch here in the courtyard. Came here to see the Obamas' portraits and enjoyed them both but there is so much more here to look at than just the presidents' pictures (though those are fascinating to see). Really cool museum.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Judith A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Too many portraits got a bit boring, pretty fast. It was interesting to move quickly through each of the many, many rooms. I suggest a fairly rapid pace and just stop to look at interesting things, otherwise you will become overwhelmed. Recommend looking at the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MLKinVancouver
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's always a pleasure to visit here and see the new exhibits as well as revisit the old ones. Right now there are 3 museums in DC with exhibits on the Women's Suffrage Movement to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cfuller603
Reviewed 1 week ago

As well as the portraits of past presidents, this museum has temporarily exhibitions ... as an historian I enjoyed the ones on women’s suffrage. Another gallery held the story of Marian Anderson, powerfully presented. Of course the presidential portraits are a drawcard and the different...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Berenice K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you know your US history many of the portraits will appeal only because of the quality of the art. Visit the area showing the presidents (Obama not quite right in our view) and just shows how little we knew about American history. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank David D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped here just to see the American President portraits - well worth it. I loved that you could take pictures of them.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank traveloften38
Reviewed 1 week ago

This excellent museum does have portaits of famous people. However it also had a wonderful exhibit done by artists involve with the WPA.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dugan65
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful portraits of all Presidents. Each president has a plaque that talks about them. Pick up a map so you dont get lost if you dont have time to wonder around. Elevator and stairs are available. This is a must, they also have 2...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Irene M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very worthwhile seeing. There is a wide variety of artwork by famous painters and sculptors. The restaurant in the beautiful atrium needs to offer a much greater variety of foods. The seating area in the atria is perfect. But the restaurant is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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April 4, 2019|
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Response from IntrepidGin | Reviewed this property |
Take a look at the website and determine what you absolutely don’t want to miss. If you arrive a little before the museum opens, yo should not have an isssue with crowds. The presidential portrait exhibit is excellent. Be... More
September 27, 2018|
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Response from Beverly D | Reviewed this property |
No. Its free
June 22, 2018|
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Response from RustonTraveller | Reviewed this property |
No wait to enter. I’ve seen a 10-15 minute wait to stand in front of President Obama’s portrait (Weekend), Mrs Obama’s portrait was just crowded.