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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Address: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works...

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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My Favorite Smithsonian Museum!

I love this museum, for its many and ever changing exhibits, the location just a block from the Metro, and the fact that, for some reason, it's never mobbed. The choices on this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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WALNUT CREEK, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love this museum, for its many and ever changing exhibits, the location just a block from the Metro, and the fact that, for some reason, it's never mobbed. The choices on this visit ran the gamut from Isamu Noguchi to Babe Ruth, to the Civil War. What's not to enjoy?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If culture is your thing then you will be at home here. The selection of art on display is vast and it also has a great coffee shop for those who would rather wait this one out whilst a partner or friend enjoys the pieces on offer.

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Moody, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had not been to this museum in our past visits to DC. So glad we chose to visit. All the exhibits were impressive, especially the US President portraits!

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La Palma, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice collection of American art. I particularly liked one of Childe Hassam's paintings, Tanagra (The Builders, New York). The Hellenistic figurine in the painting was quite beautiful. Another American impressionist favorite was The Mirror by Robert Reid. After viewing most of the paintings in the connected National Portrait Gallery and having lunch in the Courtyard, I did not have the... More 

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Huntley, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely go. It is worth it! The building is shared with the National Portrait gallery. Very impressive and diverse collection. We learned this is the third oldest building in DC after the White House and Capitol. Hosted President Lincoln's inaugural ball on the third floor, go for that history and the dry is a bonus!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Large portrait collection of America's outstanding people with brief historical information next to each portrait. Wonderful sculptures and special exhibits. Easily a place to spend 3-5 hours.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is not along the Mall and is a little bit of a detour to get there. It is close to a couple of metro stations so it isn't a huge deal. We came to photograph the cool ceiling of the Inner Courtyard.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great small museum. Not overwhelming as you can see most everything in a couple of hours. good standing exhibits and lots of new rotating exhibits. saw a great collection of jazz musician photo this time around. use the chinatown metro stop on the red line and you're right there. lots of good eating places around there too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't been there since they remodeled and it's really worth a visit. Great modern and contemporary art but also exhibits honoring WPA art and how those artists documented lives and occupations that are now lost. We were fortunate to catch a temporary exhibit on Noguchi that may have been the reason the museum was so busy.. Washington DC really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here before, and hopefully will get to come here again - each time I try to extend the range of exhibits I visit. But, to be honest, for sheer pleasure in representation of the (then) truly "Wild West", I absolutely can't resist the Thomas Moran landscapes, and I keep coming back to them!

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