We did take a few minutes to check out some of the Portrait Gallery and to run up to the American Art Museum's exhibit on video games (the American Art Museum and the Portrait Gallery share space), which mom wanted to check out for Kane. She seemed pretty psyched that they had giant Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. games, but I wasn't interested. We don't have any video games (although at one point we also didn't used to watch t.v., so there's hope yet), but older kids would probably like this exhibit and parents who grew up in the 80s would get a kick out of it, too.
If you are looking for other activities in the area, the Martin Luther King public library is right across the street and has Baby/Toddler storytime Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and Tales for Twos and Threes Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The Spy Museum is also a stone's throw away if you have older kids and want to spend some dough. And the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop (green/yellow/red lines) is literally right outside the building.
accessories shopping at Forever 21 -- i was pretty psyched about the hot pink
rubber coin purse and lip chaps i got
waiting for Portrait Gallery to open