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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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Missed this one last time - won't do that again

Really nice display of American art of all periods. Particularly liked the contemporary exhibit which had some unique pieces. However, while the building is ornately decorated, it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Really nice display of American art of all periods. Particularly liked the contemporary exhibit which had some unique pieces. However, while the building is ornately decorated, it is a bit hard to navigate with a wheelchair with small doorways. Bleeds over into the Portrait museum.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Don't miss the first lady's inauguration dress exhibit - also has the White House china sets from each president, so cool!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite museums to date, the American Art Museum was absolutely fantastic! Well organized, neat and clean, and an absolutely beautiful collection of works. We went specifically to see the limited time Richard Estes exhibit, but ended up staying for the entire museum. There was so much to see, it really takes an entire day! I'm looking forward... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I had no idea the things that would be in this museum. I generally am not a museum goer, but they had things that pertain to me. Pop culture and such. Half of the museum was closed for renovations, which is to be expected. If ever I am in DC again, I will certainly visit again.

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Monterrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I did not like that there was no certain order to follow through the museum, but inside every hall everything was so interesting and well organized. I enjoyed the posters and the different exhibitions. We ate downstairs and prices where very high.

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Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A short walk from the metro, conveniently located in downtown D.C, it offers a lot to explore. Free admission, free digital locker to store your bags, clean bathrooms, well-appointed galleries all make this place a perfect place to visit. The only thing I don't really like is the cafe inside the museum, overpriced, average drink. However,I would rather consider it... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wide collection of all kind of art work. nicely balanced, to everyone taste. paintings are beautiful and nicely preserved.

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Columbia, Maryland USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This little-heralded museum doesn't get nearly as much attention as the nearby Spy Museum, but that is easy to correct. Go there, and tell your friends! The admission price is a very reasonable $0! It features American art mostly from the last century, telling some aspect of the story of our nation, often warts and all. There is a fine... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I usually venture in to the Portrait Gallery; but, since the property is shared with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, I decided to venture over to the other side. My favorite was the contemporary art, on the 3rd floor; but, the shear magnitude of the collection is impressive.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This is one of those types of museum that "has it all." Of course based upon American History, it does an incredible job of showing the progression in the growth of our country. Going as far a covering transportation all the way to Julia Childs' kitchen and the chairs used in the living room set for All in the Family.... More 

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