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Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

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Address: 8th and F Street Northwest, Washington DC, DC
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This former U.S. Patent Office houses the National Portrait Gallery and the...

This former U.S. Patent Office houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Worth the side trip. Not just paintings.

Great place several blocks off "the mall" but worth the side trip. Take one of the free docent led tours and get some of the history behind famous paintings. Do not miss the hall... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Great place several blocks off "the mall" but worth the side trip. Take one of the free docent led tours and get some of the history behind famous paintings. Do not miss the hall of presidents. Very interesting. Also, you cannot wear a backpack on your back here, it must either be worn in front of you or carried at... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I know it's tough to compare the two, but we made a choce to go here before the National Art Gallery and was slightly disappointed. Maybe modern art isn't our thing, maybe we missed the point of the portraits, but I was disappointed and would recommend this to many people.

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed one block away from the museum and lived the architectural design. The building reminds me a lot of Roman architecture with the huge columns at thd front. Well worth stopping by even if for only a few pictures.

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North West England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

A pleasure to experience this beauty,we are lucky. Enjoy this splendid happening,being there is it.The culture is abounding, art is to be experienced.Spread the message,it is for everyone.

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Thank McJacks
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This one of the best highlights of Washington. Visit this gallery and take a free guided tour. An awsome experience. Not just the portraits but also the architecture is beautiful.

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Windsor, Maine
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Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Make no mistake, this place is packed with interesting pieces. I spent one day on the first floor and a second day on the second floor. Spend some time and really drink it all in. Pieces are thoughtfully displayed and nicely spaced. Well worth your time.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 17 October 2015

I really loved walking around and looking at the art. My favorite part was the celebrity portrait :D

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Thank Parisa N
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

I wanted to see classic pieces...and some were in storage. What? With the space available, why is there not a piece from any or everyone on display? I was underwhelmed with the offerings. This is a Smithsonian museum? I'll pay money to see the best, and I guess free gets you what I saw. No thanks. I'll go elsewhere.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

This is the name of the building that houses the national portrait gallery and smithsonian american art museum. It used to be the historic old patent office building. I particularly like courtyard (Kogod courtyard) specially because you can take a sandwich during lunch time and just sit and relax.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

Don't be confused by all the different names this place has. It's two (or three) museums in one. It is one of my favorites because of all the presidential portraits. It's fascinating how art has changed over the years, and that is very well-demonstrated in this exhibit spanning from the 1780s to present day. Also feel free to take pictures... More 

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