How Popular Is Michelle Obama? So Popular That the Smithsonian Had to Move Her Portrait Because of ‘High Volume of Visitors’

Former first lady Michelle Obama and artist Amy Sherald unveil her portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery on Feb. 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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Who wouldn’t want to go see the real first lady Michelle Obama, even if that meant “settling” for an amazing, intricate portrait rather than the real deal?

As it turns out, everyone was just waiting to see the unique portrait Baltimore artist Amy Sherald painted of the former FLOTUS after it was unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery last month.


So much so that the museum was forced to relocate the portrait because of the demand.

“We’re always changing things up here. Due to the high volume of visitors, we’ve relocated Michelle Obama’s portrait to the 3rd floor in our 20th-Century Americans galleries for a more spacious viewing experience,” the National Portrait Gallery tweeted.

As CNN notes, the museum has been flooded with videos since the portraits of everyone’s favorite first couple were revealed. Some 176,000 people have visited the gallery in February of this year alone, the biggest month in three years for the establishment.


Last weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, almost 45,000 people swarmed the gallery, because you know Aunt Shellie can make anything a party.

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