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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Address: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
Phone Number: (202) 633-1000
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Ranked #29 of 461 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works...
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Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Arlington, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of the lesser-known gems of the Smithsonian musems. It's a couple of blocks north of the main Mall museums but definitely worth a few hours. In particular, standing in the spot where Lincoln greeted guests at his second inaugural ball was a thrill. This large and beautiful building was originally designed and opened to the public as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the volume of paintings are actually very large. combined with the portrait gallery which both are continually updated. i enjoyed the paintings of the native Indians very much. the inside open area is wonderful. Some evenings, they have wonderful jazz.

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Been to the Mall tons of times to enjoy the many Museums but never even thought about this one except by accident. What a pleasant surprise. It's a bit of a Mishmash of themes but choose traditional, landscape, portrait or contemporary and just enjoy. Be aware that opening time isn't until 11:30.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I love the LaFarge stained glass windows and the room devoted to a big wooden Joan of Arc wall panel. Many American Impressionist painters are represented. There are often new portraits of famous Americans, too.

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New York, NY
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

We walked in because we were cold and it was across from a restaurant where we had lunch. This is a terrific museum full of surprises, wonderful paintings evocative of American landscapes, political tensions and aspirations. Interesting special exhibits and portraits of presidents. Next time in DC we will be back and spend more time!

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Rego Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Those who take American Art seriously would do well to visit the Smithsonian. It is a comprehensive collection of American art from colonial days right to the late 20th Century. The works are displayed in galleries that group objects according to movement. The museum seems to be particularly strong in Hudson River School and Beaux Arts material. Don't miss the... More 

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Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This museum houses art works of 'name the person'. We could do only a few as we had very little time and the museum closes at 5:00 So, arrive early and again pick what you wish to see and where you would want to spend time. That way, you have memories you will cherish.

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Olney, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is the twin review to the one I wrote about the National Portrait Gallery. Because the two facilities are co-mingled in a grand, beautiful building in the bustling Penn Quarter area around the Verizon Center. You can easily spend the day here, as my wife and I did. This museum is fascinating, with wonderful varied samplings of American art,... More 

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Montana
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36 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I had to wait years for the reno to complete, but it was worth it. Located in a great area, by the Shake Shack, Spy Museum and arena, it's a nice quiet, relaxing journey through American art and Portraits. You can photograph many exhibits ranging from Renaissance to Modern in period.

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D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

THis is one of my all time favorite museums. Excellent exhibits that interest multitudes of visitors. Really enjoyed the Estes exhibit that is there now. Also, close proximity to fun restaurants and metro.

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