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National Portrait Gallery

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
As featured in DC Art Lovers Guide and 4 other guides
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Address: F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-357-2700
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11:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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Don't miss this museum, it's very special, and user friendly

The National Portrait Gallery may be one of the lesser marketed venues in Washington, DC, but it's special for several reasons. First, it's free, and, second, it's not... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Portrait Gallery may be one of the lesser marketed venues in Washington, DC, but it's special for several reasons. First, it's free, and, second, it's not overwhelming in size, so that you can spend several hours wandering around and feel that you have really taken in most of the Gallery. (Though you know you will have only skimmed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you like to explore history, then the National Portrait Gallery is a must see attraction. Portraits of all US Presidents is the major attraction, however that is just a small part of the overall exhibit. Allow 2-3 hours at least to do it properly. There is a super little café and you can relax in the Kogod Courtyard.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A much larger collection then I expected, The presidential portraits collection is a nice walk thru time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This gallery is quite comprehensive with portraits from the 1800 through to contemporary. It is joined with the American Art Museum which has a very nice collection. Make sure you start at the top floor. There is a nice courtyard between the galleries for lunch or just coffee

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum has some very genuine ambiance, it hosts some of the finest exhibitions and has a great regular collection. Unforgettable place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As it was open until 7 pm, we came here after an early dinner and toured the Portrait Gallery and the adjoining art museum. It was pretty boring for my 5 year old but the art museum was better. My husband and I liked it, however. Interesting little area of some of the first photographic portraits. There is an activity... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great museum with lots of beautiful art and an atrium that allows sunshine or activities without rain! A small cafe for snacks and it's a perfect break.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to DC probably 100 times, but on a recent rainy Saturday finally got a chance to visit the National Portrait Gallery. I only toured a very small portion of it (Presidential gallery) and managed to spend 2 hours in it. You truly have the opportunity to see the history of this country expressed in priceless art treasures. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You can wander at leisure and find what suits you. So much to see! An exhibit in Jan17 showcases American presidential portraits. The courtyard in the building is great for just sitting or grabbing a quick lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were only able to visit for a short time, but the four exhibits we saw were of top quality and captured our interest. The only wish was that they could be more extensive. Exhibits are well curated and additional information provided is excellent and informative. This might not be the best museum for little children, at least not the... More 

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