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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National Portrait Gallery Reviews
Went specifically to see the Obama’s. Was not disappointed. In addition saw many other beautiful portraits of presidents. Great building not on the national mall. Very close to the Museum of Women in ... more »
This gallery museum has a broad range of exhibits and new displays too. The current women’s suffrage area was interesting and well laid out. We also took in the portraits of different divinity and fig... more »
Obviously you cannot rate this place anything less than a full 5 stars. It's a beautiful, welcoming, and inspiring museum. The portrait gallery section was awesome and the suffragette display they had open is great to inspire students and women all around the country to fight for equal rights. Of course, the presidential portrait are the best. President Obama, Clinton and Kennedy's are the best. 10/10 would go again.
Beautiful building and loved the exhibit of the presidential portraits. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Free admission and beautiful art. Located near Capital One arena in Chinatown. Plenty of restaurants and other attractions to pair with a visit. Probably my third favorite museum in DC (Natural History and Spy Museum).
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