Michelle Obama’s Smithsonian portrait relocated due to popularity

Michelle Obama’s portrait in the Smithsonian museum is so popular with guests that it needed to be relocated for more people to see it.

CNN reported that the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery tweeted that the portrait was relocated to a different floor March 9.

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“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 portrait, by Amy Shepard, was unveiled Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. A portrait of former President Barack Obama, by Kehinde Wiley, was also unveiled.

Related: Here are the Obamas’ official Smithsonian portraits

Michelle Obama's portrait has struck a chord with many museum visitors, including 2-year-old Parker Curry. The toddler had a dance party with the former first lady when a photo of her gazing up at the portrait went viral.

Related: Michelle Obama dances with little girl photographed gazing at her Smithsonian portrait

According to USA Today, the portraits have increased the number of visitors to the gallery.

More than 176,000 visitors came to the museum in February, the biggest month for the Smithsonian in three years.

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