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Patent Verdict: 'Awesome'

Museums' opening draws large crowds to Chinatown.

A Brand-New View

The neighborhood surrounding the two museums has changed dramatically since 2000.

A Work of Art Renewed

A "spirit of cooperation" shines at revamped Smithsonian museums.

Museums Reborn

A $298-million-dollar renovation has brought the Patent Office Building back to its former glory.

about the exhibits

What's on View

Michael O'Sullivan reviews 13 inaugural exhibits.

Portraiture's Harsh Lessons

Critic offers tips for aspiring portraitists in light of competition's finalists.


Gallery Map

Explore with an interactive graphic.

Panoramic Photos

    360-degree previews of three interior spaces.
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Podcast Tours

Photo Galleries

Which one of these living American icons belongs in the Portrait Gallery?
Bruce Springsteen
Gloria Steinem
Ted Turner
Oprah Winfrey
Tiger Woods

PHOTOS: © Elaine de Kooning Trust; Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery; © 2002 Everett Raymond Kinstler. The other images are courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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