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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works depicting the history of art in the United States.
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8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The orchid exhibition in the courtyard was amazing. Got lots of beautiful photos. Great place to unwind, take in the exhibit, grab a coffee or glass of wine, and enjoy!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rosie816
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have been here before on my own and thought the place was great, which was a pleasant surprise to me. This trip, I got to bring my 9 y.o. daughter with me and it is also very well built for kids. It shares a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like art, beautiful things or history, don't miss this. Saw stuff from the year 1333 and forward. Most stuff isn't behind glass and you can get close enough to see the texture of the canvas. DaVinci, Renoir, Van Gogh etc... It is a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jason M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The art museum is right next to the National Portrait Gallery so it is a ‘must’ to see if you are visiting the gallery. In addition to the rich collections of artwork the beautiful architecture of the museum itself is a jewel of the visit....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 619stanleys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend wanted to go to the Portrait Gallery, and I didn't even realize this museum was in the same building (or even existed; other museums get all the attention). I loved it. It has a wonderful gallery of folk art. The museum has two...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dinah L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful tours with great guides. Ever changing exhibitions. A must for anyone visiting D.C. American art from early days to modern pqintings andsculpture.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank barbara a
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Look for the programming at the museum - Thursday night concerts, tours of the conservation lab, drawing afternoons. The special exhibits are very interesting and the Kogod Courtyard is always a great space to rest. Do wish the museum cafe was better.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank hannahsF2082UF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined to the National Portrait Gallery, this is a worthwhile collection deserving of a visit. The Gallery is housed in the former Patent Office, itself a treasure.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RTinVA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The American arts museum is great. We came to see the orchid exhibit, which was amazing. We then took in the American Art on the second floor. Don't miss "the lost pleind".

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TooOldtoRun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth to visit if you want to know more about people creating the heritage of USA.Some great portraits, a gallery of presidents and amazing patio roof designed by Sir Norman Foste.r

Date of experience: February 2019
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darkfalcon500
21 June 2017|
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Response from Ron G | Reviewed this property |
Since we've been here so often, it usually takes about 1 hour. First timers should allot at least 2-3 hours.
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Wilson K
1 March 2017|
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Response from SKL2010 | Reviewed this property |
2 hours on one side (the Am Art Museum), break for lunch in the courtyard or at one of the places nearby, and then 2 hours on the other side (Nat'l. Portrait Gallery). Highly recommend going up to the top floor gallery of... More
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Alan B
24 August 2016|
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Response from PlatinumHoney | Reviewed this property |
If it is the National Quilt Collection you are interested in seeing, it is part of the division of Home and Community Life's Textile Collection, and it is on display at the National Museum of American History (Constitution... More
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