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National Portrait Gallery Set to Reopen ‘America's Presidents' Exhibit

The National Portrait Gallery's exhibition, "America's Presidents" is set to reopen to the public on Sept. 22 after being closed for 18 months.

According to the Smithsonian's press release, the exhibit had been closed so it could be "extensively renovated."

The exhibit has been a highlight of the museum since its opening in 1968. It is the only place outside of the White House where visitors can view the complete collection of presidential portraits.

The museum plans to launch a presentation that is now available in both English and Spanish. Notable artist Gilbert Stuart's "Lansdowne" portrait of George Washington is also on display, after extensive conservation efforts.

The National Portrait Gallery displays images of presidents in a variety of mediums to best encompass the first familes' terms in office. Museum staff also work with the president and first lady, usually at the end of their term or shortly after, to select an artist to do the portrait that will be displayed in the museum once they leave office, according to their website.

The museum is located on the corner of 8th and F Streets NW, and admission is free.

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