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National Portrait Gallery

F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-357-2700
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-357-2700
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great museum that features portraits of all the presidents and pop culture people including movie stars. I was happy to see the layout of Marlene, my namesake. Another free museum.

Thank Flhappy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My teenage daughter used her one museum veto on this one, but she just didn't know. This museum is wonderful. Somehow every piece seems perfectly placed, and it was delightfully quiet and uncrowded. Highly recommend. Plus there was this guy.

Thank tkl74
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 4 hours walking through the galleries of portraits which tell the history of the USA. All the art is well described. I would recommend an audio guide or else arrive early enough to join one of the guided docent tours. None are listed...More

Thank Jo H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoy visiting Washington D.C. for the day. Our favorite thing is to eat at Carmine's located just a few blocks from the Portrait Gallery. We park at the parking garage adjacent to Carmine's. We then take the elevator up to Carmine's...More

Thank 5265wanda
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy portrait galleries, particularly those in Europe. This is an excellent one to visit, somewhat smaller than I thought, but gives you wonderful overview of people known in our country's history, well laid out.

Thank pumpkinj2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit and the collection of portraits of heroes is very informative. When we visited there was a series of photographs of the bedrooms of fallen servicemen and women, very sad!

Thank anorth52
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a friend's recommendation. I envisioned something kind of predictable and stuffy. Im glad I don't listen to my absurd preconceived notions... This museum is truly a must see. The non-presidential portraits are grouped by historic event and or topic (civil war leaders,...More

Thank Jesshunt254
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The National Portrait Gallery is a favorite destination when in town to visit family or to attend teacher institutes in the city. They are the one museum open until 7:00, and it is easy to run in to enjoy one of the collections or hang...More

Thank Mary Ellen F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum share a building, so both can be visited together. It is a fine place to visit to see the Presidential Portraits. They aren't behind glass or anything--they are just hanging there like any other art gallery,...More

Thank NJLady561
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended a corporate event and thought that I would take a quick skirt around the ground floor on my way out. After 75 minutes, I realized that I had only covered a third of the displayed content. The editorials next to each portrait provide...More

Thank Garret F
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4 June 2017|
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
SORRY-- I haven't visited the National Portrait Gallery, since my last review; so I can't tell whether the website is correct.
4 June 2017|
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Response from atlantaru17 | Reviewed this property |
No I did not see it at all.
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Response from ArtLoverAlways | Reviewed this property |
At the National Portrait Gallery you show up at the appointed time for walkin tours. Meet behind the information desk on the F Street side of the building. Enjoy.