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“Overlooked gem”

Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Owner description: Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works depicting the history of art in the United States.
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This museum is one of the finest the Smithsonian offers. It contains a complete history of America from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, to a history of transportation as the country expanded from Atlantic to Pacific. There is a lovely exhibit containing First Lady Gowns from Mary Todd Lincoln forward. There is also a dress belonging to Dolley Madison on view. The White House china is also on display starting with Martha Washington and Abigail Adams through several first ladies until modern times.

This is a treasure and should be viewed with your family. The children love it.

Thank journeymaid48
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Recently attended an art lecture and tour as part of a group and I was in awe of the artwork and diversity of the collection (American Indian tribes, blacks as subject matters).

The building itself is magnificent, and their is a beautiful courtyard where you can have lunch, rest and it too, is amazing (and cool as it is air conditioned).

There are a number of mini "galleries" within the museum and while expansive to walk, seating is ample throughout for you to pause (even to look at the works).

Thank carolinasunshine13
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

This museum is a little out of the way but an absolute must-see if you have any interest in art. The building is also impressive and seems like something that you would find in a European city, rather than DC. Collection is vast and there are well-known artists on display here.

Thank James G
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

All I can say is Wow! The hubz and I were very pleased with this versatile and exciting art museum of sculpture, pop art, American artifacts. The building is stunning and the art is very diverse. We are not art connoisseurs by any means , but we thoroughly enjoyed going through every floor of this museum. We would recommend starting at the top level, as there are drawers of coins and lockers, and portraits and it takes a minimum of 3-4 hours to see it all. Upstairs, there is also a couple of rooms with glass that you can watch the restoration process of some of the pieces. There were some amazing statues in the museum that were ornate and beautiful. This was one of our favorite museums that has a charm all it's own. This museum is located in China town- gallery place and is accessible via metro rail. There isn't much else to do in China town, except for to visit the unique market shops. The museum and portrait gallery was one of the highlights of our trip. I highly recommend going! It's a peaceful, beautiful museum that doesn't get enough exposure! See my other reviews of DC to catch the highlights!

1  Thank Angie R
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We went to this museum on the last day of our trip. We were a little worn out but had to see this museum. There are four floors and they have everything from classic old paintings to brand new sculptures. Inside here is also the National Portrait Gallery where you can see portraits of all the Presidents (except the current one). So you get two museums in one. On the top floor you can see where they restore the artwork. There is also case after case of art and sculpture that doesn't fit on the first three floors. They had an exhibit of portrait photography and Mathew Brady photos also.

1  Thank Gareth R
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