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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%
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F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, DC 20560
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-357-2700
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent about three hours here. Extensive collection and surprisingly not busy so we were able to walk uninterrupted from floor to floor. Some breathtaking artwork!! My phone died so did not take photos after the first one. Benches are located throughout to reflect (or...More

Thank Janine H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On a very hot Autumn day, this was our destination of choice. We arrived by Metro at 10.40 but it was just too hot to stand around and wait for 11am opening so we dived into a coffee bar opposite. When we emerged we rushed...More

Thank Sweeperman
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite stops in the DC area. They have portraits of many different people here, compiled from a variety of artists and photograhers spanning many years. In addition, this is home to the gallery of each president's official portrait. Some of...More

1  Thank MsCJSeattle
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum that features portraits of all the presidents and pop culture people including movie stars. I was happy to see the layout of Marlene, my namesake. Another free museum.

1  Thank Flhappy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My teenage daughter used her one museum veto on this one, but she just didn't know. This museum is wonderful. Somehow every piece seems perfectly placed, and it was delightfully quiet and uncrowded. Highly recommend. Plus there was this guy.

1  Thank tkl74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 4 hours walking through the galleries of portraits which tell the history of the USA. All the art is well described. I would recommend an audio guide or else arrive early enough to join one of the guided docent tours. None are listed...More

Thank Jo H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoy visiting Washington D.C. for the day. Our favorite thing is to eat at Carmine's located just a few blocks from the Portrait Gallery. We park at the parking garage adjacent to Carmine's. We then take the elevator up to Carmine's...More

Thank 5265wanda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy portrait galleries, particularly those in Europe. This is an excellent one to visit, somewhat smaller than I thought, but gives you wonderful overview of people known in our country's history, well laid out.

Thank pumpkinj2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit and the collection of portraits of heroes is very informative. When we visited there was a series of photographs of the bedrooms of fallen servicemen and women, very sad!

Thank anorth52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a friend's recommendation. I envisioned something kind of predictable and stuffy. Im glad I don't listen to my absurd preconceived notions... This museum is truly a must see. The non-presidential portraits are grouped by historic event and or topic (civil war leaders,...More

1  Thank Jesshunt254
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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.
3 June 2017|
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Response from atlantaru17 | Reviewed this property |
No I did not see it at all.
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.