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Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
(202) 633-1000
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Ranked #17 of 232 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

There is a lot to see at this museum, but it can seem a bit too much. We ended up taking a break for a cup of coffee in the central area to recharge. Fun gift shops if you're into art.

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We are from California so we wanted to see the two famous bottles that won the Judgement of Paris blind tasting. Stags Leap and Chateau Montelena. It's what put California on the map for making equivalent quality wines. Downstairs and in the Food section. Nice display.

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Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This museum is off the mall, near the Verizon Center (at 8th and F Streets). While many of the popular museums in DC are closing around 5 pm, this one is open until 7 pm daily. It has a great, if small, collection of outsider art that is well worth the visit. Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver, and the amazing aluminum... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This place was ok not so great but good place to know a bit of American history. The automotive section and the exhibit on the wars America has fought since it's independence are interesting.

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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I enjoyed the tour. I was with a group of 5th graders who could have cared less about renaissance artists or Greco art work. If you are an art enthusiast and want to enjoy the exhibit, do not take your children as they will be bored and make your trip less than enjoyable.

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564 reviews 564 reviews
287 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A must stop if you are into American Art! It is really a learning experience as someone from the USA to see this American Art Collection and learn about the art formed in the USA. Really worth a stop like the one I made in 2008.

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Provo, Utah
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you're an art lover, this is the place for you. There is so much beauty in this one place that you will need several days to appreciate it all. I wish I had more time, oh well!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Takes a while to get to understand how the collection is laid out, but it's worth it. Learned a lot about American art and history and the top gallery is a stunning space. The large, airy courtyard is a lovely space for drinks and snacks. Well worth a visit.

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Wellington
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21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

no waiting to get in, great collection, give yourself time to enjoy. there's lots to see! A good mix of contemporary and classic.

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Pearl River, New York
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A blast from the past. Followed the time line of our country though travel, presidents and first ladies, modern conveniences through time. It's amazing what we thought was state of the art then compared with our current time. Bring your kids to see how we lived "back then".

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