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National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

F & 8th Streets, N.W.
Washington, D C

Phone: 202 357 2700 --
TTY: 202 357 1729

Statement of Purpose:

Portraits of Americans who have made a significant contribution to the historical, intellectual, political and cultural life of the United States of America.

Visitors can trace U.S. history through representations of the men and women who contributed to its cultural, political, scientific and military development.

Highlights & Collections:

The gallery is housed in a restored landmark, the Old Patent Office Building, which it shares with the National Museum of American Art and the Archives of American Art.

Portraits ranging in time from Pocahontas to President Bill Clinton are on display.

Highlights include: Paintings by Gilbert Stuart and John Trumbull in the Hall of Presidents, Civil War exhibition with Mathew Brady photographs, portraits of performing artists and athletes, Jo Davidson sculpture, Mary Cassatt by Edgar De

Exhibits & Special Events:

See web site at or call Smithsonian Information for a previsit packet, which includes a list of updated temporary exhibitions.


Daily 10:00-5:30 p.m. Closed December 25.

Admission & Directions:


Eighth and F Streets N.W. Metro Station: Gallery Place/ Chinatown (Ninth Street exit)



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Key Personnel:

Alan Fern, Director

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