So many Smithsonians, so little time.

Like the Renwick and the National Postal Museum, the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery are the more underrated of most tourist’s Smithsonian Stops. And on this particularly smarmy D.C. day, that was fine by Anna Grace and me.

First up, a timely exhibit on the upcoming centenary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. From Radical Women to Portraits of Persistence, we both felt the museum did an excellent job of curating this important movement in our history.

Among the standing collections, a few that caught our eye. Do you know who they are?

The Lady Supremes, edging closer to a majority.

Forever to be a favorite of mine, a portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the U.S. Special Olympics.

Among our favorite presidential portraits.

To our surprise, Lord Grantham was also an American president! 🤣

I never miss an opportunity to catch an Audubon piece.

From the “Experience America” collection, a series of painting commissioned under the Works Progress Administration as part of the New Deal, scenes depicting the beauty of the landscape and the sense of community.

And, always a fun way to wrap up the visit, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution spelled out in vehicle license plates from our 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”