Located in the downtown area, near the International Spy Museum and Verizon Center, the National Portrait Gallery share the building with the American Art Museum. Inside the building with its Greek architecture, the 2 museums seem to be intertwined, as you can go from one to the other without knowing. This review will be mainly about the National Portrait Gallery.
This portrait gallery has an extensive collection of portraits of Americans, who would help shape the history of the US. They are organized into different sections, according to a theme. I was only able to see one of them, which was America's Presidents. Basically, this one has the portraits of all of the past President of the US, with a couple First Ladies thrown in there. And some of them have more than one portrait. I have posted 1 for each President in the blog, and any multiple ones plus a few First Ladies would be posted in this review. Yes, there are a bunch of ones of George Washington.
There are also galleries for the Civil Rights, the colonial period and much more. Just have to pick and choose which ones that interest you the most. There are very good descriptions next to each one, telling you who the subjects of the portraits are.
This is a nice museum to visit and check out, especially if interested in American history. Also, a very good place to kill some time, when waiting for your appointed time to enter the Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, which is about a couple blocks away, or 10 minutes away by foot. And during the summer, it is open late, so something to do.
**If I get to return and see more sections, I will post more photos and revise this review a bit.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.