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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
11:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.

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We stumbled on this while traipsing through Chinatown. Just a few minutes walk from the metro is a gem of American Art. While it does feature amazing portraits from US history and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stumbled on this while traipsing through Chinatown. Just a few minutes walk from the metro is a gem of American Art. While it does feature amazing portraits from US history and its presidents (great place to brush up on that!), it also houses American artists throughout history. It's quite a collection!! I really appreciated that the collection included prominent... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Portrait Gallery has many amazing paintings, photos, and everything in between that really shows our nation's history, from Colonial to modern. great exhibitions, great people, and the place is much bigger than it seems from the outside! Well worth a visit, but you can easily spend a whole day here.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the good things about Washington, DC, are its many excellent museums that have free entry. Because of its name, this one was not the museum we were most curious about, but that was unjustified - while it is not very large, and while didn't find the ground floor the most interesting, there are some excellent rooms and pieces... More 

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Parsons, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

At first one might think that looking at portraits would not be the most excitingthing in the world....but do not sell this museum short!! The portraits are varied and beautiful -- the Presidential display includes a great 8 x 11 summary of the most important details of their time as President of our country. There are also lots of other... More 

Thank Ruth K
Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By the time we went down the tiny and slow elevator from the American Art Museum through the really neat indoor courtyard and came out in the portrait gallery, the fussing kids were resigned enough to allow us a quick jaunt down the main hall of the Portrait Gallery, which was worthy in itself, before heading out into Chinatown. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Even though it was a portrait Gallery there was there were also other pieces of artwork including sculpture and photographs and other works of art. The highlight of the museum was the presidents' portraits. Each of the portraits reflected the personality of the president and gave insight into their character.

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Before dinner, we took a self-paced tour of the gallery. Every wing represents a point in time - from traditional to modern era. Appreciated the artifacts on display.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I only had about 30 minutes to rush through, but I was not disappointed. The museum is easy to navigate and each section had interesting art themes. I went in Feb and there were several by and about Black American history. There was also a section by amateur artists that was fun to look at. It's kind of amazing what... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told on a bus tour earlier to make sure and stop and see this museum. It is free. Very interesting portraits to see and a pretty place. There are original portraits from sport players to artists and so much more not to miss the Presidential Portraits. This museum is nice to do maybe after dinner like we did... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a guided tour if you can. And wander around solo as well. Make sure to see the Presidential portraits and read the accompanying text. Fascinating stories, history.

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