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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.
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  • 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 yesterday

This museum has some portraits of interest especially pertaining to former presidents. It is probably best for a self selected audience.

Thank LBW52
Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed our visit to the National Portrait Gallery. We only had a couple hours to spend in the Gallery since we were on our way somewhere else, but we all agreed we wished we had more time to take everything in. There is...More

Thank BevK74
Reviewed 4 days ago

We love to eat and walk in this area, it has so many more food options than the Mall area. We decide to walk it one day and dropped into this gem. Our jaws were dropped The Who,e time. I'm a big fan of art...More

1  Thank Alohatexas240
Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is really nice. The highlights for me were the beautiful internal garden, and the presidential session.

Thank Renata C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We ended up going here because of a change in our timing and felt like we fell into a real gem of a find. Didn't have enough time to really do the place justice but incredible works of art, both visually and historically. Another place...More

Thank kcslatts
Reviewed 6 days ago

The purpose of this gallery is to 1) showcase portraits of important Americans, both the well-known portraits and less famous ones, and also 2) some works of American artists. It is arranged somewhat chronologically. It would benefit from more informational signs to help visitors find...More

Thank laurelm668
Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved this place. If you like to go to a gallery and read all of the little info cards beside the paintings, then take an afternoon and go here. I learned a lot.

Thank Laura R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a special step back in time gazing at the likenesses of famous Americans, captured for a "moment" in their extraordinary lives. Wonderful works of art. Well laid out museum and special exhibits. Restaurant. Close to other Smithsonian museums. A must do for those...More

Thank Loveacorona
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the "sleeper" museum that surprised us. It is phenomenal! the 3rd floor was home to Lincoln's inauguration ball. One gallery has portraits of all past presidents. Don't miss it!

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

From modern art made out of refuse, to photo portraits of past presidents, to ethnic art depicting Klu Klux Clan activities, its here. Very varied and well presented

Thank Meg107
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is the famous George Washington portrait on display right now? The website claims it has been off display since February of last year and will be till fall this year
3 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.
Is the famous George Washington portrait on display right now? The website claims it has been off display since February of last year and will be till fall this year
3 June 2017|
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Response from atlantaru17 | Reviewed this property |
No I did not see it at all.
For the docent-led tours, do you just show up at the appointed time/place, or is some kind of reservation needed? Thank you!
13 March 2016|
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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.