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National Portrait Gallery
8th Street & F Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
The National Portrait Gallery is an art museum showcasing portraits of significant Americans

The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery showcasing portraits of individuals who have influenced the history and culture of the United States. Founded in 1962, the gallery collects and displays portraiture in a wide variety of media, including paintings, prints, engravings, drawings, daguerreotypes and more. It is part of the Smithsonian Institute.

National Portrait Gallery

Exterior of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The “America’s Presidents” exhibit displays the complete collection of Presidents and a few First Ladies. Included are the famous Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington and the Norman Rockwell portrait of Richard Nixon.

Dolley Madison Portrait

Portrait of First Lady Dolley Madison in later life by artist William S. Elwell

George Washington Portrait

The famous “Lansdowne Portrait” of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Richard Nixon Portrait

Portrait of President Richard Nixon by Norman Rockwell

Many of the portraits have been digitized and are available for viewing online. Check here for details.

Check the website for tours, programming, research and educational opportunities. Admission is free. Both the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum share the same historic building.

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