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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%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
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+1 202-357-2700
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"american art"
in 147 reviews
"famous americans"
in 45 reviews
"covered courtyard"
in 36 reviews
"patent office"
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"presidents portraits"
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"historical figures"
in 47 reviews
"third floor"
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"civil war"
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"great art"
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"verizon center"
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"permanent collection"
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"special exhibit"
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"across the street"
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"couple of hours"
in 42 reviews
"on display"
in 63 reviews
"my favorite"
in 42 reviews
"beautiful building"
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This is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the mall and Chinatown. It has an EXCELLENT and compelling collection both the temporary and the permanent collection. I would suggest two visits to limit the exhibit exhaustion because it is...More

Thank jmlcamacho
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Reviewed yesterday

There is so much to see - my kids were amazed - just the paintings of celebrities or sports stars was enough but then...the Presidents! Wow & FUN

Thank NWWineGirl
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is so much more to this place than portraits. Lots of interesting art and history. celebrities, sports figures, authors and of course presidents as well as some cool art

Thank rjfmkt
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went right at opening on a Sunday morning and it was nice and quiet with no crowds. We were able to see all of the Presidents portraits (and Michelle Obama) with ease and no line ups. Truly fabulous! We also saw Black Out: Silhouettes...More

Thank melinda r
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Yes, you do have all the US presidents but you also have 2 floors of great exhibitions (photos and paintings). Best was the one on the workers, so moving!! and don't forget to enjoy the courtyard.

Thank JazzyYazzy
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is amazing even if you go about once a year, (or more) Even no artistic family and friends seem to like it. Just don't tell them where you are going before you get there!

Thank Concord Z
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to the gallery mostly to see the presidential portraits. The journey starts with staid gentlemen in black suits--then you get to modern paintings of John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton! Richard Nixon (by Norman Rockwell) and George W portraits showed a more casual...More

Thank Joane R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The National Portrait Gallery and its sister museum the Smithsonian American Art Museum that shares its space provide a nice respite from the sun, heat, and endless walking of a usual trip to DC. The building is beautiful, the art extraordinary, and the special exhibits...More

Thank Don J
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I could spend all day here! It's laid out well, and there are so many exquisite pieces of art that it's difficult to claim a favorite. The atrium area is sheer perfection, and an excellent location for a quick break to rest your feet.

Thank Poland79
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A must do when you are in DC. The portraits of the presidents are excellent as is the "shadow room"...don't miss it.

Thank Spicole
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Marisie007
June 22, 2018|
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Response from Marn27 | Reviewed this property |
There were no lines whatsoever to get into the museum itself nor to take a picture in front of the Obama portraits. Keep in mind that we visited on a Thursday afternoon vs. the weekend.
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vanemburghsusie
May 4, 2018|
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Response from bobphillips32 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe so
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vanemburghsusie
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Gooner10_8 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there : You should take a look at the National Portrait Gallery's own website. You'll find quite a lot of helpful information under the VISIT - ACCESSIBILITY section, including the following : "For your comfort... More
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