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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Romantic Date

I'm not a huge art fan but, this museum was amazing. You start off by walking through a glass rotunda that is the size of a football feed...super relaxing! The art was pretty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I'm not a huge art fan but, this museum was amazing. You start off by walking through a glass rotunda that is the size of a football feed...super relaxing! The art was pretty cool, they have many of our countries national treasures. I would highly recommend that you put the Smithsonian Portrait museum on your DC visit bucket list or... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My friend and I were both Monet junkies and loved that this museum displayed multiple pieces by him, as well as a whole area dedicated to impressionism. The "featured" exhibits for the time were also very enjoyable, including the three magi.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you don't have time to spend an entire day in one of the incredible galleries in DC spend just a couple of hours right here.The collection truly has something for everyone. From 'western or cowboy' art from the turn of the last century or American Masters, it is all here. The volunteers or docents have an incredible amount of... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We spent a good 5 hours in here and loved the exhibits we got to see. We were there on Memorial Day Weekend, so the place was packed, but lots of employees and docents were accommodating, so lines not too long. Loved the Star Spangled Banner, all the presidential movies and exhibits, sports icons, and Dorothy's ruby slippers. My personal... More 

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Cape Town
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A different slant for a tourist , of American culture. A great museum , well laid out and very informative.

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The artwork is less known, but can be quite interesting. In addition to the exhibits, there's a pleasant courtyard to take a break in.

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Vienna, Virginia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
46 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I now visit this museum nearly 10 times a year. It's my favorite of the Smithsonians. The current exhibit by Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting Japanese art which isn't my favorite. Instead I found art in the American vernacular. The artist hung around with Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper and the rest of that group and you... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Last visit of a full day of museums so probably not the best of moods. Memorable part for me was the covered courtyard - great design. Poetry slam was taking place, sat through a couple of poets and enjoyed the moment. Docents in galleries most uptight of all museums visited, particularly about backpacks.

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Western Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Was not thrilled. I once lived outside of Washington, DC and my father worked at this museum so I knew it quite well. Was so disappointed. Most of the museum was under renovation and items have been removed (the pendulim). The room were the first ladies gowns were was so small. I hope with the new renovations it will be... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You can save this museum until later in the day as it is open until 7PM while most others close earlier.

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