America's Presidents

September 22, 2017 – Permanent

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait) / Oil on canvas, 1796 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor Floor Plan

After 18 months of careful conservation and analysis, Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington will be back on view in the newly refurbished “America’s Presidents” gallery. In addition to refreshing the physical space of the presidential exhibition (improved graphics, lighting, paint, etc.) the Portrait Gallery is also enhancing the visitor’s experience through new labels, wall texts, and the addition of interactive touch screens that will allow people to explore the context of each presidency and access other visual material. A new website will accompany the permanent installation and a new edition of the museum’s book of presidential imagery will be published. This reimagining of the presidential portraits is a significant undertaking that will confirm the installation as one of the major attractions at the Portrait Gallery.

America’s Presidents lies at the very heart of the museum’s mission to tell the American story through individuals who have shaped the country. It showcases images of the past 44 U.S. presidents, starting with Washington and continuing to Barack Obama. Six presidents are given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.