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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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We are not art connoisseurs but this museum and the portrait Gallery had many pieces of art that we recognized and many more we enjoyed. Loved the Presidents, pop and sport... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday

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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are not art connoisseurs but this museum and the portrait Gallery had many pieces of art that we recognized and many more we enjoyed. Loved the Presidents, pop and sport portraits. This museum did not open until 11:30 AM and stayed open until 7 PM so check the times before heading out. we arrived too early for the opening... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to this museum four times in three days I enjoyed it so much. The art and sculpture are so exciting, many works so famous, and the quality so high that this place is a treasure. I also loved the folkart. I rarely like portraits, but many/most of these (esp. the gallery of presidents) were more art than portrait.... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My 16 yr. old and I had a great time. We didn't realize how big this museum really is until we got inside, it has a great amount of art and statues. There is a free coat check, and a cafeteria on lower level. Not cheap, food is about $25 for two. Not a good place for kids under 12,... More 

Thank Jeanette A
Pune, Maharashtra, India
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing place with lot of exhibits and detailing, loads of interesting things for people! It's neat and well guided.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we saw that they were doing an Irving Penn exhibit my husband and I booked our very first trip to DC and we were not disappointed. The staff at the information desk were very friendly and helpful. The Beyond Beauty exhibit is so well done and the prints are gorgeous! We actually went back the following day to see... More 

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Newport, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I like this better than the national gallery. The portrait gallery part of the museum has an interesting blend of history portrayed through art. The 3rd floor mezzanine area is fun to see range of work.

Thank Luanne C
Brisbane, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't feel this museum was worth it, found one or two display interesting but overall it didn't seem to flow well as museum

Thank tezza915
Belmont, Lancashire.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is joined to the National Portrait Gallery and shares the same architectural brilliance. Lovely just to walk round and see the interior, but well stocked with excellent art as well including some special Edward Hopper paintings when we were there.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One thing that really sucks about doing touristy stuff during the slow season: Everything closes early. Yea to this art gallery for opening later, till 7pm instead of everything else at about 5pm. I came here about a week ago, on a Thursday night and it was fairly quiet. This museum is big enough that it easily took me a... More 

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detroit, michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum takes a while to go through as it has hundreds of rooms to it. Beautiful fountains inside of it and places to rest. A lot of walking required.

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