The National Portrait Gallery is located in the Victor Building at 750 Ninth Street NW in Washington, D.C. and is open from 11:30 am until 7:00 pm daily. Visitors can enjoy free docent-led tours which introduce visitors to the works exhibited in the Museum and offer insights into the portraits and the artists who created them, including tours of the permanent and temporary collections, the ‘America’s Presidents’ and other highlights of the National Portrait Gallery.
The spectacular glass-ceilinged Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard is a light-filled sanctuary in which visitors can relax, have something to eat and drink and enjoy performances during Museum hours and in the evenings. Designed by London–based architects Foster + Partners, the roof of the Kogod Courtyard is an undulating glass–and–steel structure that appears to ‘float’ over the courtyard, flooding the space with natural light, while protecting people in the courtyard below from the elements. Eight aluminum–clad columns with double–glazed glass panels are situated around the perimeter of the yard support the weight of the roof. The courtyard is also the base for an array of activities, including children's activities, art–making programs, concerts, and performances.
The National Portrait Gallery’s Courtyard Café serves a full meal for hungry museum-goers or casual snacks and coffee for those on the go. The Café offers a fresh and seasonal menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, prepared from locally sourced organic ingredients, ranging from salads and soups to sandwiches and quiche, as well as sweet desserts. Diners can relax beneath the beautiful glass canopy of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard surrounded by lush tropical plants and natural sunlight. Lunch boxes for small groups can be pre-arranged boxed lunches and the Café caters for children’s birthday parties and cheese and wine receptions.
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Address: Victor Building, 750 Ninth Street NW, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20001, Phone: 202-633-8300 Washington, D.C. Attractions: National Portrait Gallery - Photo: The National Portrait Gallery
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