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National Portrait Gallery

Art Museum
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Helena N.
    "Great special exhibitions, great cafe at the middle of the museum."(6 Tips)
    Morgan T.
    "I love having lunch in the Kogod Courtyard."(5 Tips)
    Fairuz M.
    "Absolutely my favorite smithsonian museum in DC."(4 Tips)
    Chelle S.
    "The American Cool exhibit is pretty, you guessed it, COOL!!!"(3 Tips)
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  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJanuary 28
    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
    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.
  • Christopher F.
    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
    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 reading...you'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 😉
    Upvoted Jan 27
  • JL
    JLJanuary 3, 2016
    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.
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderOctober 23, 2015
    Kogod Courtyard and cafe is great for a breather, but saw no accessible outlets to recharge your smartphone, tablet or laptop while you recharge.
  • 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.)
  • stepher
    stepherApril 21, 2015
    The place to see the official Presidential portraits... and Stephen Colbert near the entrance by the restrooms if they haven't moved him already.
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 14, 2015
    Beautiful museum with stunning portraits of the presidents and other notables
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikApril 6, 2015
    Roam through the presidential portraits and be sure to tune into the video exhibit highlighting some of the most famous speeches in American history.
  • CITYPEEK Patti
    CITYPEEK PattiApril 2, 2015
    The national portrait Gallery is free daily from 11:30 AM.
  • 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.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    Great for people with different tastes. One side (west side) is traditional art, while other side (east side) is modern. Very interesting.
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 16, 2015
    The atrium in the middle is a great beautiful free work space.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Richard Estes Realism exhibit on at the moment. Time Magazine covers of the '60s were okay.
  • Fairuz M.
    Fairuz MaggioJanuary 26, 2015
    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!
  • Liz C.
    Liz CJanuary 14, 2015
    Don't miss the portrait of Stephen Colbert by the bathroom.
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