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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 1 week ago

Always a great place to visit to see and learn something new. Easy space to navigate. The sweep of the Bill Traylor exhibit was so interesting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nomad06003456390
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you need a little quiet time away from the masses swarming the other more conventional DC museums, try this refuge, and bonus, great food selections.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Murray H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another gem of a museum in Washington, D.C. You could spend untold hours wandering the myriad of galleries. The variety of styles, mediums, time frames, and themes will satisfy everyone from the casual tourist to an art expert.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SylviaB342
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

An exceptional collection of art by American artists. Was pleasantly surprised by the depth and breadth of artwork....some truly impressive works. Combined in the same building as the National Portrait Gallery, one can see both in under 2 hours. Although these galleries don’t get the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ElTouristo61
Reviewed 13 December 2018

I am ever amazed at what is in the Smithsonian. There are some masterful painters and artisans represented and some, I wonder how their art was chosen. Guess I need to look up how one goes about being in there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LizFurman
Reviewed 6 December 2018

Probably the best museum to see art and sculpture depicting America by American artists. SAAM is attached to the National portrait gallery. Portraits of all the presidents really brings to life American history. Go during the week when it's not crowded. This is must for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Archerandchewy
Reviewed 6 December 2018

Both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery share the building, which consists of three floors, packed with exhibits. Pick up a list of temporary exhibits at the entrance so you will not miss any of the special exhibits. This museum is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Robert D
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Not your usual art gallery. The art here is so interesting and in some cases different. Wear good walking shoes as it is a huge building with the Portrait Gallery in the same area as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GeraldineLady
Reviewed 23 November 2018

I prefer more classic art, but there were some really neat pieces in this museum. It is right next to the portait museum so be sure to stop there as well. The objects with shadows and the neon US map were my favorite.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Whitney S
Reviewed 21 November 2018

Of all the monuments the Smithsonian is definitely worth visiting, especially if one is traveling with children.

Date of experience: August 2018
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21 June 2017|
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Response from RonFG | 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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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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Response from Wendy A | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember seeing them when I was there. They may have been on display but I didn't see them. Sorry.