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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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Love the American Art Collection and special exhibits

This museum has amazing permanent exhibits as well as interesting visiting collections. It is a little walk from all the other National Museums, but worth it. Fewer crowds and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has amazing permanent exhibits as well as interesting visiting collections. It is a little walk from all the other National Museums, but worth it. Fewer crowds and interesting art. The building and history are fascinating also.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visited Smithsonian American Art Museum, you should just walk past the common corridor and visit this museum. The first section we went to was American Origins that covers the contact between Native Americans and European explorers through the struggles of independencero the Gilded Age. Next was the National Arts Gallery featuring America's Presidents and the Struggle for Justice.... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Obviously a lot of pictures of famous people, but I had not anticipated learning so much about each subject. To become famous enough to be included in this gallery, a person must accomplish something truly amazing during their life, and these displays help you to appreciate how this person reached such a pinnacle. Very educational, very worthwhile.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

NPG is open from 11-7 The best art gallery in DC- Kogad court center is done by Richard foster- there is a docent tour every day from 11:30 to 4:30. The museum shares the space with SAAM which also is a great museum- finally, the museum used to be the first patent building in America as well as the place... More 

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North Richland Hills, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I discovered this gem unexpectedly. It wasn't on my list of museums to visit but I noticed it down the street from my condo. It was fantastic. There have portraits of celebrities, scientists, athletes, politicians and Presidents. There are descriptive plaques beside each portrait. They have a great exhibit of all the Presidents with a nice summary of each. I... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably one of my favorite museums in DC. Not as crowded as some of the others. Great enclosed courtyard. So many treasures. Make sure not to miss the old patent hall. I have been to this museum several times, and never knew it existed up there on the 3rd floor. The architecture is just stunning. You could easily... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite places in Washington and as a local I go to on a regular basis. This is a beautiful building with a fantastic atrium to relax or have lunch or a snack. The lower levels are filled with art by American artists that cover the spectrum from landscapes to portraits and there are special exhibits that often... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After all the crowds and security of the other D.C. Museums this was a breath of fresh air. They actually provide free lockers for bags and there aren't a lot of people here. They have a couple of really interesting exhibits called Champions and Bravo which were fun and interesting. The Babe Ruth exhibit is also quite cool. You won't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the free museum for an hour before a wizards game. Note: the President's Gallery section is closed for renovation through late March. Focused on the contemporaneity art section and sports/Champions display upstairs. The large pieces are unique and warrant some time. Don't miss the rotating TV exhibit and the changing landscapes painting with moving lights. Could spend several hours... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When the museums on the Mall close, remember that this one is still open. The collection is impressive and not crowded. Needs some cleaning though. The stairway had dust bunnies.

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