DC Travel: National Portrait Gallery

This weekend, I decided to visit the National Portrait Gallery. It was my first visit, and I really was impressed! There is something special and impactful about our faces coupled with our stories.


Ephesians 2:10 NLT: For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

This weekend was also Presidents' Day weekend, and it turns out, visiting the gallery was a very appropriate way to celebrate. The gallery contains the hall of presidents, the only collection of portraits of all the U.S. presidents other than in the White House. The portraits are accompanied with a short summary of the president's time in office. If you want to do a little belated Presidents' Day celebrating from home visit the virtual tour of America's Presidents here. Note: The Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama are on tour through October 2022 and are therefore not at the National Portraits Gallery.



In addition to my suggestion of visiting the hall of presidents, Morning Brew writers, Neal Freyman and Matty Merritt, suggest the following ways of celebrating Presidents' Day: (1) Making promises today and breaking them tomorrow or (2) Chiseling your face into the side of a mountain.


I highly recommend the National Portrait Gallery and look forward to my next visit! Here is more to know about the gallery:


  • Entrance is FREE!

  • The architecture of the building alone is marvelous (see photo below).

  • The gallery is located in NW DC at the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Station.

  • There is a Courtyard on the first level where you may sit and smell the orchids. There are seats and tables available for having a snack that was brought from home or one from the Courtyard Cafe. Note: The orchids exhibit will be on display until late April 2022.



  • The gallery shares a building with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This means there is plenty to see within this building! Be sure to wear your walking shoes, bring water, and take a seat when you need to. I definitely crushed my step's goal visiting this place and took a seat many times. I was so tired I did not even go to the museum shop, and I love museum shops.



  • There is a hall for portraits of American Athletes. This is fun for all the sports fans!

  • The museum is not open every day, so checkout their website for operating hours and updates on the current exhibits and online exhibits. See here for operating hours. See here for online exhibits.




Thanks for reading my post about my first trip to the National Portrait Gallery! Do you have portraits of yourself, or your family in your home? What stories do they tell? I have a portrait of my family's trip to Disney World in 2019; it tells that even as we get older, my family is very young at heart.


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I hope your week is filled with faith, focus, and fun!



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