Meet the icons of the US history just as they come to life via artworks exhibited at National Portrait Gallery when sightseeing the tourist attractions in Washington DC. The art gallery owned by the Smithsonian Institution throws lights on Americans who had left an influence on the citizens through portraitures, photos, and sculptures. They include human rights leaders, presidents, poets, and actors to have defined the US as the world knew and continue to do so.
The art gallery, which opened its doors to the public in 1968, shares the space with Smithsonian American Art Museum in capital city. The museum in DC is free to visit, stays open from 11:30 am to 07:00 pm each day except on Christmas, and features a courtyard that has Wi-Fi access points. If you want to chill out, you can enter the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard for free wireless internet and have refreshments in the café there.
The best way to visit the art gallery is through circulator bus services that run from the Georgetown neighborhood to the Union Station route. Washington DC bus tours provide a convenience over visiting through subway metro, as visitors can afford to take a stop along popular areas of interest in the capital city. Before or prior to visiting museums in the circular bus tour, people can explore Penn Quarter & Chinatown alongside other hubs lined up along the Capital One Arena.
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery runs exhibits devoted to different points from American history such as the following:
- ‘The Struggle for Justice’ that throw lights on Civil Rights activists and leaders
- ‘Contemporary Americans’ that showcase iconic figures from twentieth century in particular
- The ‘American Presidents’ that exhibits the only collection of portraiture this side of the White House
That exhibit floor features presidential portraitures, comprising George Washington’s portrait by American painter Gilbert Stuart, Barack Obama’s picture by Kehinde Wileythe. and Abraham Lincoln’s by Alexander Gardner. It is also home to sculptures of Jimmy Carter, George Bush, and Lyndon Johnson.
Get into the third mezzanine floor of the museum and you can come across icons of performing arts from the 19 origins to till date in the exhibit titled BRAVO!, whereas sports lovers would be lured to visit Champions’. The art gallery rotates fresh expositions in and out of the exhibit floors, which means visitors always have something exciting to observe.