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“Enjoyable museum located in vibrant area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
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Ranked #16 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
Reston, Virginia
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Enjoyable museum located in vibrant area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

I liked the portraits of famous (and not-so-famous) people I had forgotten about. And when I left the museum, it was nice to step out into a vibrant neighborhood.

Visited January 2014
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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
“Face History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

This was a real pleasant visit and nice surprise. I found it really interesting to see all the faces of the main historical figures who have shaped this country. The founding fathers, all the president are here and they will speak to you through their portraits. nice.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is the place where you will see all the portraits from your high school history books. We only had about an hour before closing, so we didn't get to see the entire space. LOVED the presidential portrait gallery and truly enjoyed American impressionist galleries. If your husband or family will only tolerate one art museum, I would make it the National Gallery West building. BUT if you have time this is definitely worth a visit. Also- this building is located in Chinatown, so it is in a different area of the city (not on the National Mall).

Visited January 2014
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“nice if you have time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

This museum is nice if you have time but given the choice between the two, I would recommend the National Gallery of Art much more highly.

Visited December 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“before photographs...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

Portrait Gallery is a wonderful walk thru history from the era when there were no cameras -- people (who could afford it) had their portraits painted the way today we take family photos, and an amazing number of them are on display here. Well worth reading the name plates and backgrounds.

Visited December 2013
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