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National Portrait Gallery

Art Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown
800 F St NW (at 8th St. NW), Washington, D.C. 20004, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–7:00 PM
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    Helena N.
    "Great special exhibitions, great cafe at the middle of the museum."(5 Tips)
    "Check the Presidential Portraits exhibition - I loved it!"(4 Tips)
    Morgan T.
    "I love having lunch in the Kogod Courtyard."(4 Tips)
    Chelle S.
    "The American Cool exhibit is pretty, you guessed it, COOL!!!"(3 Tips)
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  • Jason

    This place is free to check out! Take advantage and check out the art.

    Jason · 2 weeks ago
  • Zile D.

    Wonderful captions with all the art well that are worth'll walk away inspired!

    Zile Dzenitis · 3 weeks ago
  • Sofia C.

    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 😉

    Sofia Case · January 4
  • JL

    Favorite museum in DC. Love the President's Gallery.

    JL · January 3
  • Kyra H.

    Read the information of each painting, you'll find out how portraits were made for advertising & fund raising!

    Kyra Hamann · December 23, 2015
  • Ben R.

    Do not throw away your shot to find Alexander Hamilton.

    Ben R · November 17, 2015
  • Lucas E.

    Exhibits are great and it stays open late!

    Lucas Ellis · November 11, 2015
  • Lucille F.

    Excellent galleries, specially the President's section. Also do t miss the photography section and special exhibitions. Great museum shop as well.

    Lucille Fisher · November 9, 2015
  • Jazmin V.

    Also the art statues and paintings were amazing.

    Jazmin Vitullo · November 8, 2015
  • Jazmin V.

    The court yard was beautiful even though it was dark outside. The lights lit the place up beautifully.

    Jazmin Vitullo · November 8, 2015
  • Jazmin V.

    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.

    Jazmin Vitullo · November 8, 2015
  • Wrigley F.

    Kogod Courtyard and cafe is great for a breather, but saw no accessible outlets to recharge your smartphone, tablet or laptop while you recharge.

    Wrigley Fielder · October 23, 2015
  • Dmtr

    Check the Presidential Portraits exhibition - I loved it!

    Dmtr · October 20, 2015
  • Mark H.

    Very chill place to read look at art

    Mark Howard · October 20, 2015
  • VelvetCrate

    The Presidents' Portrait Gallery is a must-see in DC.

    VelvetCrate · August 9, 2015
  • Antonello L.

    The courtyard is one of my favorite places in dc

    Antonello Loddo · August 9, 2015
  • Markus T.

    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!

    Markus Tarjamo · August 8, 2015
  • Erik B.

    The modern and contemporary art section on the top floor is fantastic.

    Erik Brok · July 27, 2015
  • Deb L.

    Fabulous variety of historical and cultural portraits in a range of styles! Chuck Close's portrait of President Bill Clinton is great.

    Deb L · July 3, 2015
  • Glaelis S.

    Take one of their docent tours! It's free and totally worth it!

    Glaelis Sierra Gomez · June 28, 2015
  • Island Bruin

    Every President gets a portrait on the 2nd floor.

    Island Bruin · June 15, 2015
  • Eric L.

    Boring but at least there is WiFi.

    Eric Liu · June 2, 2015
  • Miguel d.

    Twinned with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Mind your staircases. (Go all the way to the top to see some quieter galleries.)

    Miguel de Leon · May 19, 2015
  • stepher

    The place to see the official Presidential portraits... and Stephen Colbert near the entrance by the restrooms if they haven't moved him already.

    stepher · April 21, 2015
  • Rachel

    Beautiful museum with stunning portraits of the presidents and other notables

    Rachel · April 14, 2015
  • Sandra R.

    Roam through the presidential portraits and be sure to tune into the video exhibit highlighting some of the most famous speeches in American history.

    Sandra Rubinchik · April 6, 2015
  • CITYPEEK Patti

    The national portrait Gallery is free daily from 11:30 AM.

    CITYPEEK Patti · April 2, 2015
  • The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

    Check out the variety of portraits they have at the National Portrait Gallery. You'll be surprised with what you'll find.

  • Taste Art G.

    Looking for a place to have a meeting? This is it!

    Taste Art Gallery · March 12, 2015
  • Norie W.

    Great for people with different tastes. One side (west side) is traditional art, while other side (east side) is modern. Very interesting.

    Norie Wright · March 7, 2015
  • Mark J.

    The atrium in the middle is a great beautiful free work space.

    Mark J. · February 16, 2015
  • Joe G.

    Love the Richard Estes Realism exhibit on at the moment. Time Magazine covers of the '60s were okay.

    Joe Gizzi · February 7, 2015
  • Fairuz M.

    Absolutely my favorite smithsonian museum in DC. Beautiful indoor courtyard with amazing architecture. Gorgeous exhibits all the time. the 3rd floor is the best with its modern art!

    Fairuz Maggio · January 26, 2015
  • Liz C.

    Don't miss the portrait of Stephen Colbert by the bathroom.

    Liz C · January 14, 2015
  • Chris F.

    Always worth stopping in. Great permanent collection and temporary exhibits.

    Chris Fredericks · December 28, 2014
  • Derek J.

    See all the portraits that you have seen in textbooks and Tv.

    Derek Jones · December 27, 2014
  • Alex D.

    Was pleasantly surprised - especially by the more modern exhibits.

    Alex Dobyan · December 18, 2014
  • Morgan T.

    One of my fav museums in DC. I love having lunch in the Kogod Courtyard.

    Morgan Thomas · November 11, 2014
  • Puck P.

    Love this museum specially the modern part. One of the better art museum in the city.

    Puck Peijnenburg · October 14, 2014
  • Chris H.

    Folk art. Is art done by one with no training

    Chris Holdeman · September 23, 2014
  • Angie H.

    The black obelisk (Untitled) is a portal--get up close and you can see tiny stars. It's not dust. Now you can sound like you "get art."

    Angie Harmon · September 22, 2014
  • Katherine W.

    I love the portrait of the lady Justices.

    Katherine Wooten · September 16, 2014
  • Chelle S.

    The American Cool exhibit is pretty, you guessed it, COOL!!!

    Chelle Savoy · September 7, 2014
  • Zack R.

    The "experience America" exhibit is great.

    Zack Rubin · September 6, 2014
  • Robert P.

    Honestly? I ran in here at first to use a restroom. Then I got captivated, so I texted my friend and we spent an hour here. I think that says something.

    Robert Packard · August 29, 2014
  • Zara K.

    Spectacular. A must!!

    Zara Khan · August 21, 2014
  • Matt B.

    Really enjoyed "American Cool"

    Matt Bernstein · August 18, 2014
  • Pee D.

    Nice exhibit... free A/C! Lol.

    Pee Dot · June 19, 2014
  • Nicole D.

    Check out The American Cool Exhibit, the picture of Bill Clinton and really take the time to see the Luce Foundation Center.

    Nicole D · April 18, 2014
  • Dina L.

    Good exhibit!

    Dina Lewis · April 9, 2014

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