Part of the Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery displays portraits of famous Americans. The gallery began with Charles Willson Peale's private collection of portraits, formerly called American Pantheon or Peale's Collection of Portraits of American Patriots. Since the gallery's inception in the 1960s, the collection has grown exponentially with acquisitions from around the world and a triennial portrait competition. Be sure to visit the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, an architectural marvel with a glass roof. Make National Portrait Gallery a part of your Washington DC vacation plans using our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.
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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...
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... more »
Hard to believe that someone can capture the image of someone like this. Some of the paintings are so real looking
Hard to believe that someone can capture the image of someone like this. Some of the paintings are so real looking more »
Amazing museum containing portraits and American Art. The collection includes an impressive array of self taught southern folk art. The upper levels contain archives and permanent visible storage of more esoteric works. A beautiful building and an underrated museum. Less crowded than the museums on the mall, and this building contains the second best collection in DC, behind only the National Gallery.
Quite a bit better than I would have ever expected. The interior courtyard is particularly nice on a cold day, with lovely orchids and other flowering plants. While you can do the entire gallery in one day, I would suggest spreading it out into two half days if you have the time.
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