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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Address: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
Phone Number: (202) 633-1000
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11:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 7:00 pm

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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A classic treasure of an art museum

Not as extensive in scope as the National Gallery, but a fine permanent collection and shows that places work in context. The current Irving Penn show is one of the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not as extensive in scope as the National Gallery, but a fine permanent collection and shows that places work in context. The current Irving Penn show is one of the best retrospectives of this master of photography that I've ever seen.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Smithsonian American Art is housed in the same building as the Smithsonian Portrait museum. You can easily spend 2-3 hours walking the 3+ floors, especially floors 4 and 5 in the Portrait portion What is great is that they are free (well our tax dollars pay for some of it) and it is open till 7pm, but opens at... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Aside from their wonderful collection, the building itself is spectacular. The courtyard is covered and completely insulated from the weather. Don't miss the Lincoln Gallery which holds some of the larger sculptures. President Lincoln's inaugural ball was held there. And don't forget the Luce Foundation Center, the first visible art storage with thousands of art objects on display.

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 448 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, which has undergone some restorative work is simply beautiful. The Greek architecture is stunning and inside, OMG, the most wonderful paintings depicting all aspects of American life. You can just witness American History unfold before your eyes with just the pictures. I’m not a big fan of art museums but this place is fascinating and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the museum with the longest hours in Washington D.C. so go here to relax after you have encountered tons of school kids running museum after museum. If you can attend an event at night, it will be unforgettable.

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Scarsdale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what a great experience to see all the President's Portraits! It was a great stroll thru history. Also nice selection of American artist represented. Atrium is also a cool place to take a break.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very diverse collection of art! My very first coming here So glad I did! The presidental portraits are phenomenal! Quite an array of art.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This amazing museum is free. I visited smaller museums in DC, paid a fee and they were no where near the greatness of this museum. Three floors full of art, can take an art lover all day to enjoy. It covers the entire period of American Art. Pablo Picasso had a special showing with over 10 of his famous paintings... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

e were fortunate to visit this museum when the National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) “In Your Neighborhood” program was offered. We were treated to an hour-long chamber music performance and then in the evening a concert with guest conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. The selections by the NSO were connected to some pieces of art at the museum. Here you can see art... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I'm not a kid, but in my opinion kids don't love paintings. This museum works hard to be accessible and interesting for all; they had a concert for kids with a fun live band and old school Nintendo's set up. Call ahead to find out what they have going on. For adults and art aficionados, this is awesome any day.... More 

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