We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Portrait Gallery

F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-357-2700
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“american art” (148 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 11:30 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
CONTACT
Website
+1 202-357-2700
Ways to Experience National Portrait Gallery
from US$69.00
More Info
from US$60.00
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (2,963)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"american art"
in 148 reviews
"famous americans"
in 47 reviews
"covered courtyard"
in 40 reviews
"patent office"
in 34 reviews
"presidents portraits"
in 34 reviews
"michelle obama"
in 32 reviews
"historical figures"
in 47 reviews
"third floor"
in 64 reviews
"civil war"
in 103 reviews
"great art"
in 39 reviews
"verizon center"
in 33 reviews
"permanent collection"
in 33 reviews
"special exhibit"
in 31 reviews
"across the street"
in 63 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 42 reviews
"on display"
in 66 reviews
"my favorite"
in 43 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 2,771 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

I came to see the Obama portraits, but I stayed several hours for so much more. This museum is an unsung gem, featuring portraits (some very provocative) of every U.S. president, as well as many entertainers, sports figures and so forth across the arc of...More

Thank Sprout15
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed yesterday

Exceptional collection in a beautiful, grand building. The enclosed central courtyard is a pleasure. The cafe is good and absurdly expensive.

Thank Mitchell B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed yesterday

We saw Michelle Obama's portrait and took in several rooms prior to that. Really liked the Bill and Melinda Gates portrait. The best part and most crowded was the Presidents portraits. Really enjoyed the Washington, Lincoln and then the more contemporary Presidents.

Thank John_Gassmann
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Unless you are really an avid art lover, an hour or two will do it at this gallery. Loved the presidential portraits but there was a bit of an Obama love fest at the gallery. Guess that hangover is understandable. We spent 2 hours there...More

Thank Martin B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can admit that I've walked by National Portrait Gallery on numerous occasions during previous trips to D.C. But once President and Mrs. Obama's portraits were revealed, I knew that it was high time that I actually go in. And go in I did. I...More

1  Thank Cheketa D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amazing gallery. The American presidents wing is one of the best in Washington. Do not miss Obama's new portrait.

Thank veus55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago

I only wish I had planned my trip better, because I doubt I even saw half of the first floor. You could easily spend hours here. I will say, it's worth examining the map and the list of exhibits to prioritize what you want to...More

Thank royaltrashpanda
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago

The 1st time we visited DC we didn't get a chance to visit this Gallery in Chinatown. This is an excellent option if you enjoy the Presidents and Civil War history. The Kogod Courtyard was awesome. The museum is also open until 7pm which is...More

Thank Missy S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed the diversity of the presidential portraits. We stopped in the late afternoon and it was busy but not overly so. I would not suggest this stop for young children.

Thank ManyConferences
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved looking at all the Presidential portraits. The bios of all the President’s were fascinating & new Obama’s portraits were really unique.

Thank Roitz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 145 hotels in Washington DC
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC
394 reviews
.06 miles away
Courtyard Washington Convention Center
1,178 reviews
.08 miles away
Pod DC Hotel
448 reviews
.18 miles away
Oakwood Lexington
3 reviews
.19 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Zaytinya
3,978 reviews
.09 miles away
NOPA Kitchen & Bar
368 reviews
.05 miles away
District Chophouse & Brewery
939 reviews
.09 miles away
Proof
537 reviews
.06 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Smithsonian American Art Museum
1,410 reviews
.03 miles away
Ford's Theatre
3,800 reviews
.17 miles away
Petersen Boarding House
147 reviews
.18 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Marisie007
22 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
Response from RustonTraveller | Reviewed this property |
No wait to enter. I’ve seen a 10-15 minute wait to stand in front of President Obama’s portrait (Weekend), Mrs Obama’s portrait was just crowded.
1
Vote
vanemburghsusie
5 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from bobphillips32 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe so
0
Votes
vanemburghsusie
5 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Gooner10-8 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there : You should take a look at the National Portrait Gallery's own website. You'll find quite a lot of helpful information under the VISIT - ACCESSIBILITY section, including the following : "For your comfort... More
1
Vote
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor