National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

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"That noblest of Washington buildings"—Walt Whitman
It is more than a grand building and more than a great museum. The National Portrait Gallery is a Washington institution. Poet Walt Whitman tended to ailing soldiers billeted here during the Civil War, and President Abraham Lincoln celebrated his second inaugural in our Great Hall. Red Cross founder Clara Barton walked these halls when she worked as a clerk to the Patent Office commissioner. It once housed our country’s founding documents and served as home to government offices and public collections. In the 1950s it survived demolition and was reborn as part of the Smithsonian. Now more than one million visitors come to this National Historic Landmark Building each year to view exhibitions, participate in programs, or attend performances. Washingtonians spend their lunch breaks taking in sun on the 7th Street steps or seeking shelter in the Courtyard on rainy days. Along with the White House and the Capitol, it is one of the most loved structures in the nation’s capital. The National Portrait Gallery shares this magnificent National Historic Landmark Building with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is one of Washington's oldest public buildings. Begun in 1836 to house the U.S. Patent Office, it is also among the nation's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. A recent renovation restored its most dramatic architectural features, including skylights, a curving double staircase, porticos, and vaulted galleries illuminated by natural light. As of 2011, the National Portrait Gallery was the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to portraiture. A hallmark of the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection is the Hall of Presidents, which contains portraits of nearly all American presidents. It is the largest and most complete collection in the world, except for the White House collection itself. The centerpiece of the Hall of Presidents is the famous Lansdowne portrait of George Washington. How the museum obtains presidential images has changed over the years. Presidential portraits from 1962 to 1987 were usually obtained through purchase or donation. Beginning in 1998, NPG began commissioning portraits of presidents, starting with George H. W. Bush. In 2000, NPG began commissioning portraits of First Ladies as well, beginning with Hillary Clinton.
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Standort
Öffnungszeiten
 
Montag
11:30am - 7pm
Dienstag
11:30am - 7pm
Mittwoch
11:30am - 7pm
Donnerstag
11:30am - 7pm
Freitag
11:30am - 7pm
Samstag
11:30am - 7pm
Sonntag
11:30am - 7pm
 
 
Ausstellungen
Votes for Women
A Portrait of Persistence
March 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020 
Eye to I
Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
November 2, 2018 - August 18, 2019
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
An important and memorable time in American history
June 29, 2018 - May 19, 2019 
Daguerreotypes
Five Decades of Collecting
June 15, 2018 - June 2, 2019
Name der Ausstellung
Kurzbeschreibung
Eröffnungs und Schlußdatum
Lincoln's Contemporaries
Who were Abraham Lincoln’s contemporaries?
May 13, 2016 - May 12, 2019
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