National Portrait Gallery’s collection of presidential portraits undergoes renovation

The National Portrait Gallery’s permanent exhibition “America’s Presidents” will undergo extensive renovations and reopen Sept. 22 with the Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of President George Washington back on view after 18 months of careful conservation and analysis. 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. The Portrait Gallery will reinstall its “America’s Presidents” exhibition in four phases beginning in February. After a brief closure from Feb. 26 through March 23, a temporary exhibition will be installed in the west gallery on the second floor. The

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