National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

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#7 of 69 in Museums in Washington DC
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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. Make National Portrait Gallery a part of your Washington DC vacation plans using our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.
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  • There is such a variety of art. Primarily paintings but so many beautiful and interesting pieces. Life sized portraits and amazing landscapes. You can view the art and read so much interesting... 
    There is such a variety of art. Primarily paintings but so many beautiful and interesting pieces. Life sized portraits and amazing landscapes. You can view the art and read so much interesting...  more »
  • I loved this museum. Great portraits. I only had about 2 hours there and it was not enough. I need to return to see sections I missed. 
    I loved this museum. Great portraits. I only had about 2 hours there and it was not enough. I need to return to see sections I missed.  more »
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  • The National Portrait Gallery was a really nice experience. There are themed galleries as well as the presidential gallery. If I remember correctly there are 3 floors to explore. There are elevators for those that can't or don't want to walk. It is completely FREE and no ticket required. If you bring a bag it must be worn on the front of your body so that you don't accidentally damage an exhibit.
  • This is a fantastic part of the American Art Museum and a must see in Washington D.C.! It is free to enter and includes a ton of important people and little descriptions of what they did in life which I appreciated. The rooms were all well decorated, and the portraits were cool to see. I would come back.

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