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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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“american art” (146 reviews)
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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"
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"famous americans"
in 45 reviews
"covered courtyard"
in 34 reviews
"patent office"
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"presidents portraits"
in 29 reviews
"historical figures"
in 47 reviews
"third floor"
in 58 reviews
"civil war"
in 99 reviews
"great art"
in 37 reviews
"verizon center"
in 33 reviews
"permanent collection"
in 32 reviews
"special exhibit"
in 29 reviews
"across the street"
in 60 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 41 reviews
"on display"
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"my favorite"
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"beautiful building"
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

From the time of Queen Elizabeth I when Virginia was first colonized (at Roanoke Island, NC) to present day, true-life characters who represent America's story and our pluralistic culture are represented here, within a beautiful building that also houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum (and...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

I love this museum. The glass roofed atrium is especially wonderful, esp. during bad weather (in winter or summer). This is also a very historic building and the small exhibit featuring highlights about the building is well worth stopping by.

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Worth a stop, but if you have kids, about an hour is long enough! The portraits are well done. My children did not enjoy the more contemporary art exhibits though.

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

The beauty of free museums is that you can drift in and out randomly and not worry about having to get your money's worth. We drifted into the Portrait Gallery when it rained but stopped for a couple of hours, looking at the art on...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

As with most attractions, a tour does a great job to show you little things you'd never know or notice otherwise. The tour was one hour. We then viewed portraits of presidents and many other famous Americans for another 1.5 hours afterward. It gets a...More

Thank Tracey G
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I actually went there twice during my stay. I didn't have time to go through all the galleries the first visit. Since it was across the street from the Monaco hotel, this was not a problem. There are old portraits of our founding fathers as...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

We escaped the summer heat to this gallery and chose the exhibition on social justice. A great collection of great leaders. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 25 July 2016

By far my favorite museum just in barely notching out the American History Museum. The Portrait Gallery is not located on "the Mall" so it frequently gets overlooked since a long walk or Uber would be needed. Among all the great portraits, the official portraits...More

Thank Meredith S
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

You would do well to visit the gallery and spend at least half a day there. It is not boring, it is not tiring and you do learn a lot if you take the time.

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Loved the courtyard which was strangely peaceful and muted in every way. Also loved the whole Presidential portrait area. I wish I'd had more time.

Thank Barb C
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Meghana U
5 April 2018|
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Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
We spent 4 hours but we easily could have gone 8 or more. There is so much to see to include rotating collections. You can even grab lunch there but there are plenty of restaurants in the area and with admission free you... More
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MJ1222
4 April 2018|
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Response from yowsah1 | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned above the fastest way to get there would be to take the Metro, otherwise it's a fairly short (10 minutes or so) walk.
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Gloria C
14 February 2018|
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Response from Frederic S | Reviewed this property |
No, you can simply walk in. If you visit during the week it is fairly quiet and even on weekends, it doesn't feel that busy (it is so vast that you don't notice the crowds!). There is no charge, unless there is a specific... More
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