National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Visitors can view the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
How to get there
  • Gallery Place • 2 min walk
  • Archives • 6 min walk
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Lynn S
League City, TX563 contributions
Jun 2022
This was a very nice, smaller musuem. You can easily do it in an hour or two. It is connected to another museum, the Museum of American Art. We did not do that museum as it was later in the day and we were already tired and ready to call it a day. There are lots of portraits of famous people but the particular part I enjoyed the most was the gallery of all the Presidents (except current President Biden, I think they said it takes up to two years to get someone added). There were several portraits of many of the presidents. The museum was well arranged. It is definitely a must see.
Written 9 June 2022
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Emily M
United States1,024 contributions
Mar 2022
The National Portrait Gallery is a nice art museum. Plenty to see and not to crowded. Co-located with the American Art Museum, with a beautiful atrium in the center. Good for art, special exhibits, and learning about history through art.
Written 30 May 2022
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Madeleine L
Boston, MA63 contributions
May 2022
Lovely museum with a lot to see. Not just the Presidential portraits. And not as crowded as some of the other museums.
Written 9 May 2022
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Chris D
Athens, GA45 contributions
Apr 2022
A wonderful gallery to visit in DC. Most probably visit for the Presidential portraits, which are amazing to see, but there are so many more interesting exhibits within the gallery.

This is also a less crowded option if you want to take a break from the many bus loads of visitors at the more popular locations.

The gallery is off of the Mall, near Chinatown, providing for some great food and drink options nearby when you get done.
Written 2 May 2022
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TravelerWithOpinions
Boston, MA427 contributions
May 2022
The portraits of the presidents were fascinating, enhanced by the explanations with background, context and nuance. Before we visited, I hadn't realized how much more the National Portrait Gallery had to offer, in terms of art and sculpture as well as the co-located Smithsonian American Art Museum and the beautiful, peaceful weather-protected atrium.
Written 2 May 2022
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Cheryl S
12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I love this place. Great Presidential hall. I don’t think that the Hope poster of Obama does his presidency justice. It takes away fro the gravitas of the office. I felt the same way about Clinton. Please consider more digniyapproaches.
Written 27 April 2022
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richard sargent
35 contributions
Apr 2022
Hard to believe that someone can capture the image of someone like this. Some of the paintings are so real looking
Written 19 April 2022
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,650 contributions
Apr 2022
I had come to the National Portrait Gallery to see the "Watergate Exhibition" and I was impressed on how they mounted and explained what happened. It was an eye opener considering I had lived through it as a kid and never really knew what the situation was and how it affected the whole country.

What was more impressive is how the press made a mockery of the whole situation and the players who were eventually found guilty were portrayed by the press. I liked the Time Magazine cover where everyone was pointing at everyone else. That I remembered as a kid. The exhibit was short and sweet and right to the point of what happened.

After that I went to visit the Hall of Presidents and saw all the portraits. It is funny but I think most of the people who visit this gallery don't know who most of them were or what they contributed.

It is worth the time to especially see these.
Written 17 April 2022
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Elizabeth S
Michigan City, IN1,362 contributions
Apr 2022
What a fantastic collection of art! It was wonderful to see all the portraits of the presidents. The large courtyard in the middle was stunning, we were there when it was raining, I can't imagine the beauty on a sunny day! Glad we spent a couple of hours here!
Written 16 April 2022
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MN415
6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Really enjoyed this museum. Probably the best one I visited while in DC. The paintings are well curated and organized. I enjoyed how they had brief notes that gave context on the paintings.

The Presidential Portraits are very interesting. Both the portraits and the notes on each President.

Unfortunately the Obama portraits aren’t there right now but even without them it was well worth going to.
Written 12 April 2022
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