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America's Presidents

America's Presidents

July 1, 2006 – Permanent

Museum: Portrait Gallery

Location: 2nd Floor, South

This exhibition displays multiple images of the 43 presidents of the United States, including the greatest historical painting in our nation's history, Gilbert Stuart's "Lansdowne" portrait of George Washington, and two life masks of Abraham Lincoln. Also included are whimsical sculptures of Presidents Johnson, Carter, and Nixon by caricaturist Pat Oliphant. Five presidents are given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office: Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Audio interpretive materials augment the exhibition.

The America’s Presidents app is available on the iPad at

Related Smithsonian books: The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia (2014), Campaining for President (2008)

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