Along with the National Museum of American Art, The National Portrait Gallery is
located in the beautiful Old Patent Office just off the National Mall. The Gallerys
exhibitions focus on American history and the art of portraiture.
The National Portrait Gallery is a nice place to slow ones frantic tour of
Washington D.C. Adults will appreciate the lack of rambunctious children and will be able
to share a quiet moment together either in the Gallery or at the café with outdoor
The best place to start your tour of the Museum is on the third floor so you can work
your way down and then across to the neighboring National Museum of American Art. The
Great Hall and Rotunda of the Portrait Gallery was once the largest room in America and
now houses the Gallerys Civil War collection. The second floor contains the famous
Hall of Presidents, where each President is represented in portraiture.
The first floor has portraits of sports figures and celebrities and also houses the
special exhibit "Faces of Time, Seventy-five Years of Time Magazine Cover