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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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Low key gallery with extended hours

Although I am basing this only on personal observation, I think this is one of the museums that is often overlooked in D.C. It's centrally located and is a great spot to stop in... read more

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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although I am basing this only on personal observation, I think this is one of the museums that is often overlooked in D.C. It's centrally located and is a great spot to stop in and see portraits of the American presidents, Tiffany windows, and other portraits/paintings. The special exhibits are also a treat! This gallery is open til 7 p.m.... More 

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Annandale, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great rainy day experience. Not crowded. The exhibits were beautiful and very well presented. An unexpected pleasure.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is a little out of the way from the National Mall where most of the Smithsonian museums are located but it is worth a visit. We walked here after going to the National Archives. The Presidents portrait gallery is actually closed but you can see the portraits anyway if you go through the indoor courtyard and upstairs. It... More 

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columbus ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful museum with a lot to see. Make sure you allocate enough time to see the whole museum, which could take a half a day.

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brunswick
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is in two parts...one is portraits and I wasn't especially interested. The other half is American art and I really enjoyed that. The special exhibit by artists chosen by the FDR administration to portray working lives and scenes from the 1930's was of interest. The permanent collection ran the gamut ending on the 4th floor with modern and... More 

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Mystic, CT
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The range of what you'll see here is immense and impressive. I especially loved the portraits of the Presidents. There is also a gorgeous indoor courtyard with tables, and a place you can get snacks. This is the kind of museum that you almost have to visit more than once, because you can only take in so many beautiful works... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

All of the museums connected to the Smithsonian are free of charge, which means you can stop in and browse an exhibit or two and leave without feeling that you haven't gotten your money's worth. The range of portraits exhibited--from modern to classic to contemporary (including photographs)--is amazing. The Presidents' Room is an absolute must--as portraits of all presidents are... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Museum of American Art are in the same building (every floor is split into the two galleries). There seemed to be works from every period in American history. I especially enjoyed the modern art on the 3rd floor and the (temporary) Presidents portrait gallery. Unfortunately the full Presidents exhibit was closed for restoration (my... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take it in small doses if you can - so much to see! It's connected to another museum and the layout can be confusing. The courtyard cafe is a great place to rest/meet your friends.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even during spring break, this place is a quiet retreat. Hadn't seen the covered courtyard - what wonderful place to hang out! A lovely small display of daguerreotypes of 7 historical figures - a great chance to compare and contrast.

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