National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

4.8
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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  • This is another amazing gallery. We loved it all !!! The building is interesting in itself. So much to see at every turn.  more »
  • I loved the Presidential Portraits section. Lots of interesting exhibits and things to see -- they change over some of the exhibits, or to it seems. There is a 3rd floor, don't miss it.  more »
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  • Lovely Gallery. Very good exhibits with some permanent options that are a must see. The president's gallery is amazing and gives you great idea of all the previous president's of the United States of America. They have added Obama which is hang at the end of the exhibit. It's free and great place to take the kids and adults alike. Got everything from modern art to older masterpieces. The building itself adds to the wonder add it's designed is extraordinary. The detailed work that was taken to build the Gallery makes it the perfect place to house the amazing art that you will see.
  • The gallery is pretty rad! Not only is there a huge portrait collection of historical US figures, but also an equal number of exhibits that address present-day aspects of our culture and society. In all honesty, I was expecting wall-to-wall pictures of old, rich, slave-owning white men. However, I was very impressed at the diversity of subject matter and artists found amongst the gallery's halls. All in all, well worth the trip and another testament to the Smithsonian's continuous reputation for quality and relevance.

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