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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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The JFK Centennial and...Contemporary Art

If you want a photographic history lesson, then you will thoroughly enjoy this exhibit. Then go upstairs to the surprise contemporary art floor. Wonderful pieces. This Smithsonian... read more

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boise
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If you want a photographic history lesson, then you will thoroughly enjoy this exhibit. Then go upstairs to the surprise contemporary art floor. Wonderful pieces. This Smithsonian Museum is not as crowded as many others.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Galleries are well designed and paintings are well-lit. I'm not a huge art fan, but really enjoyed this museum

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We found this venue to be wonderful. The staff are relaxed and very friendly. There is a lot of contemporary art to see with all the Presidents. You can easily spend half a day here. A must see if you have an artistic bent.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to DC many many items and somehow never made it here--it is fantastic! Highly recommend--it was even walk-able from where we stayed near the Capitol. If you like the National Gallery as much as I do, you;re sure to enjoy this as well!

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Philadelphia PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been to DC many times, and visited all of the Smithsonian museums, and this is my favorite for a few reasons: (1) Because it's not as well known as other museums, it tends to not be as crowded, making the viewing experience much more pleasurable and the galleries quieter. It can get busy during the predictably busier days and... More 

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Wilkes-Barre, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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All sorts of art forms (sculpture, video, portraits, still life, covering American history from the beginning to the present. Definitely something for everyone.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This gallery is actually two distinct galleries, the portrait gallery and the American museum of art. They have galleries and exhibits independent of each other although the map and information desk present information simultaneously. I would suggest budgeting at least 90 minutes per side if not two hours. The floors are arranged with small rooms off a main corridor and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful portraits of historical figures from John Winthrop to JFK. Well made notes accompany each one. 3 hours was not enough. We'll come back.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building itself is worth a visit. The art inside, American Art, all periods and extensive portraiture is a gem.

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What a fabulous venue for this gala celebrated the night before graduation by the classmates, their significant others and parents. The atrium was spectacular and the food was really good with several buffet tables set up. Of course, spirits were high and everyone was celebratory but we also took time to appreciate this beautiful venue and the artwork.

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