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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
Phone Number: +1 202-357-2700
11:30 - 19:00
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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Great collection of paintings of the American Presidents

My favorite paintings in the National Portrait Gallery are of the American presidents. Many of the portraits were painted when the presidents were younger and barely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
David from La Palma
La Palma, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My favorite paintings in the National Portrait Gallery are of the American presidents. Many of the portraits were painted when the presidents were younger and barely recognizable. It is always interesting to see what some of the more obscure presidents looked like. There is an extensive collection of portrait paintings of famous Americans in all walks of life. My wife... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Neither my partner nor I are particularly into art, but we found ourselves near the Portrait Gallery and decided to wander in. To say we were pleasantly surprised was an understatement. We absolutely loved it. Before we knew it, we had wiled away an afternoon and learnt so much about historical American figures through the years. As someone visiting from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the National Portrait Gallery while in town for Thanksgiving. What an unexpected joy it was! The portraits of the presidents alone is worth the visit. We got lucky and joined the 2:00 pm tour of the American arts collection led by a very knowledgeable docent. Could have spent double the amount of time there. And it's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this exhibit, particularly the moving portraits. I like the feel of this place. Highly recommended if you need something low key to do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A new exhibit on the great of jazz museum. The write up next to the photos describe each musician. Another exhibit was a competition for on portraitures. 2500 submissions with about 40'chosen; each different and unique; Excellent video explaining this show

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great museum. The presidential portraits were amazing! The rest of the American historical portraits were great too. There was a close parking garage (expensive at $17.00 for two hours. I didn't eat there, but the cafe didn't look too great so I would make plans elsewhere. There were some fast food restaurants across the street. Civil War... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed it so much, we visited it twice! We enjoy the portraits of the U.S. Presidents so very much. So much history is learned here through art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great Smithsonian Art Gallery that has US history in portraits, paintings, and sculptures of many great US leaders, events, places, as well as a variety of different types of art creations. Together it is housed with the American Art Museum. They are connected, so when you are in one of them, you just continue your tour of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The suggestion of taking time to go and visit an imposing building devoted exclusively to the permanent exhibition of "Portraits" may sound dreadfully dull, but a trip to this wonderful Smithsonian Gallery readily proves quite the reverse. This is not just a collection of images of people hanging on walls - rather, it is a showcase of many of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be able to visit the gallery during a conference closing and especially to visit the Presidential portrait gallery. These portraits span all the Presidents and were in all styles. Not having been a fan of George W Bush, I was surprisingly drawn to his portrait, which conveyed a warmth not often seen in the public... More 

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