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National Portrait Gallery

800 F St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20001, United States
TEL: (202) 633-8300
TEL: (202) 275-1738

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery traces the history of America through visual and performing arts that pay tribute to great American icons like Marilyn Monroe and Rosa Parks. The gallery is housed alongside the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the historic 1836 U.S. Patent Office building. Permanent exhibitions include American Origins, 1600-1900, which focuses on Native Americans and early exploration, and Bravo!, which highlights the contributions of notable Americans to film and music. The America’s Presidents exhibit is, aside from the White House, the only complete collection of presidential portraits in the United States.

Insider Tip:

The Courtyard Cafe is a great spot for lunch or a glass of wine.


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  • Art
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • History
  • Indoor
  • Restaurant/Café

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