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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
Reviewed March 24, 2014

It is very interesting. We enjoyed it. Our 11 y.o. daughter found it boring with too much reading. Lots of famous pictures you have seen all your life.

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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Yet another surprise! The presidential portraits were amazing as were the other exhibits! The portrait of Bill Clinton was a bit unusual. Worth a visit!

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

I was pleased to see a large crowd today at the NPG. As part of the Smithsonian, it is free entry. But this is one of those rare cases in life where you get far, far more than you pay for. The gallery has a wide selection of painted portraits from American history, including some of America's finest impressionists, like Childe Hassam and Mary Cassatt, sculptures and photographs. The current exhibition -- American Cool -- was wall-to-wall crowded. It was fun review of who has been considered "cool" among Americans, mostly entertainers and actors, over the past century. Another special exhibit on the Monuments Men, while small, presented original documents by these heroes of WWII.

There is far too much to see in a day, so it's worth concentrating on a review of the main collection and several exhibits. There is a wonderful atrium which is an ideal spot to have lunch or just relax.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Great 2 hours spent wandering through the 3 floors. US presidents a must see as is the champions exhibition.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Not only does this gallery stay open later than most of the museums in DC (VERY helful when planning late afternoon excursions!), but it also houses some very neat pieces of art. We explored the presidental portraits - very interesting as to what type of painting each president picked -- Clinton's is wild and who knew Nixon was able to get Norman Rockwell to paint his?? Wow! We also went through the American Cool exhibit with very cool photographs of famous artists, actors, and singers. My 11 year old loved these areas. Then, we also toured the Impressionist wing which was SO neat to see paintings by American painters but that conjoured up thoughts of Degas and Monet and Manet and Renoir. Lovely! This was not my 11 year old's favorite part but he also found the similarities interesting. It also has the cutest glass ceiling courtyard with cafe and water features!

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