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Gallery Place-Chinatown is located in Northwest Washington, with entrances at 7th and F, 7th and H, and 9th and G Streets. The station is right under and serves the Verizon Center, and the surrounding Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods in downtown Washington, D.C. The station is located very close to Metro Center, such that the lights of one are visible down the tunnel from the other.
The station was originally named "Gallery Place", after the nearby National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 1986, "Chinatown" was added to the name of the station, and in 2000, a large Chinese-style fan, entitled The Glory of the Chinese Descendants, was installed over the 7th and H Street entrance. 
Service began on December 15, 1976, as part of the original Red line that ran from Farragut North to Rhode Island Avenue. The opening of the station was delayed by a court order over lack of handicapped access, as it was originally supposed to open with the rest of the first stations on March 27, 1976. WMATA provided assurance that such access would be available by June 1, 1977.
Plans are in the works to add a pedestrian tunnel to connect Gallery Place-Chinatown with Metro Center, with details in Metro's Capital Improvement Plan dated September 12, 2002.
Beginning in 2004, this station has been the site of testing for new signage. As a result, there is far more signage in this station than most others, including lighted signs, as well as signage that isn't found anywhere else in the system.
Notable places nearby Edit
- Ford's Theater
- International Spy Museum
- J. Edgar Hoover Building (headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (main branch of the DC Public Library)
- National Building Museum
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
- National Portrait Gallery
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, and Georgetown Hoyas)
- Washington Convention Center
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