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National Portrait Gallery
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Do not overlook this museum while in D.C. First time I visited was to see a special exhibit. Now when I visit D.C it is one of favorite stops. I recommend you latch on to one of the guided tours. The tours last about an hour and provide a wonderful overview of the museum. The build itself has historical value. The museum opens and closer later than the other museums. It's free! As all the museums it has a wonderful gift shop. The special exhibits are smaller, but don't miss the Presidents Gallery. We enjoyed a lunch at the Poste across the street in the Hotel Monaco

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Initially, I was reluctant to go to this gallery since I was not interested in portraits. But boy how much we were all surprised. It had so many sections encompassing a long span of time and different portraits of presidents, politicians, athletes, singers, musicians, actors, scientist... and the list goes on. After spending several hours there, we took a break to go to lunch and went back for another two hours. Very highly recommended and it is free

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Hidden treasure in DC. Paintings of historic figures and places. Wonderful atrium. As most visitors are not familiar with the museum usually not very crowded. Certainly were the stop especially if into history.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Wasn't on the list of things to do, but after dinner we had some time to kill. Saw in passing and decided to go in. Open till 7 or 8 - unlike other places that close at 5pm.

Large collection of artwork from Presidents to Pocahontas. Enclosed courtyard was pretty at night.

Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Went during Xmas and it was not surprisingly not crowded> Make sure you take a docent our - ours was good (though not great) but we hit highlights that we might have missed on our own.

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