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National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

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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. By using our Washington DC travel itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to National Portrait Gallery and other attractions in Washington DC.
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  • I went with my wife kind of dreading it and ended up loving it. The artworks provide a history lesson in addition to a visual display. We went in intending to spend an hour and spent two and a half ho...  more »
  • This is an interesting small museum, open every day until 7:00 pm, like so many museums in Washington, free admission!  more »
  • We went in as a part of a hike thru history where specific questions were answered at various locations. I have zero ability to evaluate art other than if I like it or not. The building is gorgeous an...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum. The temporary exhibit - Faces of Battle - was fascinating. I really appreciate that we have these museums available to learn about our history with no charge up front. The center atrium is a cool little spot to relax and decompress in between exhibits.
  • What an awesome collection. You can hit the highlights or spend some time. We went mainly for the presidential portraits and ended up checking out everything else.
  • Beautiful works of art in a lovely old building, it's every thing you'd expect in a traditional art museum. I enjoyed it greatly. We gave a donation, but admission was free. You can't beat that price!
  • How do you NOT like the Portrait Gallery? It is the place I tell anyone from out-of-town with limited time to go see. It's a great cross-section of types of work and it's located pretty perfectly.
  • A very nice museum away from the Mall area. There is a great collection of portraits like the presidential portraits, but there is also an interesting/amusing collection of modern art. If you have time, enjoy the glass-in foyer of the museum by sitting and enjoying a cafe or meal in the foyer.