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
Loved seeing all the official portraits and the different styles of artists used for them. The interactive touch screen with information about each President was educational and fun for my 8 year old.... more »
I had a difficult time finding the location of this museum. Impressive portraits with history behind them, but not impressive architectures. Average museum, nothing overly impressive. If you are looki... more »
This is one of my favorite museums in DC! The atrium is so peaceful and beautiful. I don't know if it's the way the ceiling is built or what exactly but it absorbs sound so well that even if there are a lot of people milling about and talking there is an almost eerie quietness to the place. Many people bring their laptops in and just sit at a table in the atrium to work. The gallery itself is also beautiful and features many amazing works of art from the last couple of centuries. Even the kids loved spending a couple of hours wandering around here! I will always visit whenever I am in DC!
Very interesting especially liked the Presidential portrait gallery. The older Presidential portraits are very formal and dignified. The newer ones are more and more casual. I think I prefer the formal ones, to each his own. Keep in mind that even though the gallery had later hours, not all of the galleries stay open later. The Presidential gallery did stay open late on Friday night.
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