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National Portrait Gallery

Art Museum
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
  • Christopher F.
    "Great art, including the gallery of presidential portraits."(8 Tips)
    Helena N.
    "Great special exhibitions, great cafe at the middle of the museum."(6 Tips)
    Fairuz M.
    "Absolutely my favorite smithsonian museum in DC."(4 Tips)
    Nicole G.
    "President portrait gallery is amazing."(4 Tips)
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  • Charlie
    Charlie4 days ago
    Always a great experience. Exhibits are interesting and well thought out!
  • Nikki F.
    Nikki Foster1 week ago
    The Obamas...everything!!!
  • Kay J.
    Kay JayMarch 26
    Seeing the Presidential portraits are like walking through hostory.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsFebruary 25
    Michelle Obama’s on the first floor and Barack is on the second. You’ll probably have to wait in line.
  • Joao V.
    Joao Veloso JrFebruary 13
    Save at least a couple of hours for the outstanding tour. In addition to the permanent exhibition, you will get always more! I’m glad presidents portraits goes from classic to modern.
  • G L.
    G LutzFebruary 9
    A beautiful space to see art and it is open till 7pm.
  • Sharon Y.
    Sharon YounkinNovember 19, 2017
    you could spend an entire day there. Don't miss the cafe/courtyard as well as the gift shop!
  • Diana
    DianaSeptember 18, 2017
    Beautiful museum. Free admission.
  • Nicholas
    NicholasAugust 21, 2017
    Expansive and entertains easily for several hours. Checkout the American Presidents exhibition and an excellent collection of contemporary art as well. Free lockers for your personal items.
  • Paul N.
    Paul NewcombMay 6, 2017
    Civil War exhibit
  • Daycation DC
    Daycation DCMay 2, 2017
    Check out the highlights tour to learn more history about the portraits. Don't miss the President portraits! Read more
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJanuary 28, 2017
    Magnificent collection of both modern art and portraits. The variety of styles, people, and stories makes for an excellent museum day.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MerchantJanuary 23, 2017
    Well edited and curated exhibits surrounding the presidential portrait gallery. Worth taking the time to browse the small galleries and hang out in the Kogod courtyard.
    Upvoted Mar 10
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FarrellJanuary 13, 2017
    This is a must-see for D.C. visitors. Great art, including the gallery of presidential portraits. Really cool that there are free lockers for stowing bags and coats while walking the galleries.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11, 2017
    Something for everyone! Look for the portrait of the four female Supreme Court justices on the second floor, and watch for Obama's portrait to go into the presidents' gallery soon.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsDecember 22, 2016
    Exhibitions rotate, but worth going to see the Presidential portraits. Good place for free lockers (you can leave and visit other museums).
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellDecember 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The courtyard is a great place to hangout and relax if you need a moment of peace and quiet.
  • Lee E.
    Lee EysturlidNovember 12, 2016
    Totally worth the visit. So many faces.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JanssenJuly 29, 2016
    Check out the amazing life-sized painting of President Francis J. Underwood! Also the courtyard is very nice, well maintained and quiet.
  • Lenny G.
    Lenny GalloJuly 22, 2016
    Probably my favorite museum in DC. What makes this place so fun is that they have famous artists painting other celebrities and historical figures. Always something fun in their special exhibits.
  • Denis M.
    Denis MendesJuly 12, 2016
    Spent a great time with good talk And music. This Place must be visited.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellJuly 8, 2016
    Nice A/C court yard in the center to hang in on a muggy day
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PopovJuly 6, 2016
    Perhaps this museum was a little lackluster since a lot of the high profile portraits are at the other national gallery but I would probably skip this one and dedicate your time elsewhere
  • Maricel G.
    Maricel GundayaoJune 10, 2016
    check out the champion gallery
  • ~Eric~ P.
    ~Eric~ PetersonApril 23, 2016
    Go for the art.
  • Jack F.
    Jack FonsecaApril 4, 2016
    Name says it all, but there's still a bit more than you'd expect.
  • Joanne
    JoanneMarch 11, 2016
    So much to see you can spend two days. And it's free! Nice cafe.
  • Jip v.
    Jip van KuijkFebruary 23, 2016
    Wonderful portraits, painted, and photographed!
  • Jason
    JasonJanuary 19, 2016
    This place is free to check out! Take advantage and check out the art.
  • Zile D.
    Zile DzenitisJanuary 14, 2016
    Wonderful captions with all the art well that are worth'll walk away inspired!
  • Sofia C.
    Sofia CaseJanuary 4, 2016
    Tom has been a docent for 35 years and leads tours e/o Sunday @ 11:45 and 1:30. He is incredibly knowledgeable and his tours are the most enjoyable, inspiring and engaging! Tell him Sofia sent you 😉
  • JL
    JLJanuary 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite museum in DC. Love the President's Gallery.
  • Kyra H.
    Kyra HamannDecember 23, 2015
    Read the information of each painting, you'll find out how portraits were made for advertising & fund raising!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RNovember 17, 2015
    Do not throw away your shot to find Alexander Hamilton.
  • Lucas E.
    Lucas EllisNovember 11, 2015
    Exhibits are great and it stays open late!
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherNovember 9, 2015
    Excellent galleries, specially the President's section. Also do t miss the photography section and special exhibitions. Great museum shop as well.
  • Jazmin V.
    Jazmin VitulloNovember 8, 2015
    Also the art statues and paintings were amazing.
  • Jazmin V.
    Jazmin VitulloNovember 8, 2015
    The court yard was beautiful even though it was dark outside. The lights lit the place up beautifully.
  • Jazmin V.
    Jazmin VitulloNovember 8, 2015
    This was a great place to go to. Liked it. Thought a family member said they had found something in the newspaper about a art piece and we never found it.
  • Dmtr
    DmtrOctober 20, 2015
    Check the Presidential Portraits exhibition - I loved it!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardOctober 20, 2015
    Very chill place to read look at art
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 9, 2015
    The Presidents' Portrait Gallery is a must-see in DC.
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoAugust 9, 2015
    The courtyard is one of my favorite places in dc
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoAugust 8, 2015
    Though it's central in the hustle and bustle of DC, once inside, it seems like a world away! Sit down and enjoy the indoor courtyard and catch an event inside, when they are available!
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokJuly 27, 2015
    The modern and contemporary art section on the top floor is fantastic.
  • Deb L.
    Deb LJuly 3, 2015
    Fabulous variety of historical and cultural portraits in a range of styles! Chuck Close's portrait of President Bill Clinton is great.
  • Glaelis S.
    Take one of their docent tours! It's free and totally worth it!
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJune 15, 2015
    Every President gets a portrait on the 2nd floor.
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 2, 2015
    Boring but at least there is WiFi.
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Twinned with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Mind your staircases. (Go all the way to the top to see some quieter galleries.)
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