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July 8, 2020

Getting to the national portrait gallery

by Korrea Johnston

On Monday, February 12, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian unveiled former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s official portraits. As you can imagine, this is a very popular exhibit and with nearby parking costing upwards of $20, it can be a costly viewing as well. If you plan on checking out the latest addition to the Presidential Portraits, please consider these budget-friendly options for getting to and from the National Portrait Gallery.


  • DC Circulator
    • Directions: Ride the Georgetown – Union Station route and stop at Massachusetts Avenue and 7th Street NW.
    • Cost: $1 fare
  • Metrobus
    • Directions: Ride the 42, X2, X9, 80, or P6 and stop at H Street NW & 9th Street NW or ride the 70, 74, or 79 and stop at 7th Street & H Street.
    • Cost: $2 fare

Capital Bikeshare

  • Docking Stations:
    • 7th & F St NW / National Portrait Gallery
    • 5th & F St NW
  • Cost: $2 per 30 minute trip


  • Directions: Ride the Red, Green, or Yellow Line and get off at Gallery Place/ Chinatown Metro station.
  • Cost: Fares start at $1.75


  • Directions: If within 1 mile or so, we encourage you to walk.
  • Cost: FREE!

You could also combine some of the above options and go what we like to call, “multi-modal,” which means you’re utilizing multiple modes of transportation for getting to/from your desination. For instance, you could rent a Capital Bikeshare bike to ride to your nearest bus or Metro station.

As always, goDCgo is your leading resource for DC transportation information and resources. We offer our complimentary support to help you plan your travel to, from, and through Washington, DC. Our interactive map is also a great tool to to use to plan out your trips.

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