Portrait of a man (John Kennedy) seated in a rocking chair with a flag to his right.

John F. Kennedy / By William F. Draper / Oil on canvas, 1966 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

America's Presidents

Ongoing
Second floor

The nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, this exhibition lies at the heart of the Portrait Gallery’s mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.

Visitors will see an enhanced and extended display of multiple images of all the United States presidents, including Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington, and whimsical sculptures of Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush by noted caricaturist Pat Oliphant. Presidents Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt are given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office. Presidents from FDR to Bill Clinton are featured in a video component of the exhibit.

  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition

    View of "America's Presidents." Photo by Matailong Du.

  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition

    View of "America's Presidents." Photo by Matailong Du.

  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition

    View of "America's Presidents." Photo by Matailong Du.

  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition

    View of "America's Presidents." Photo by Matailong Du.

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