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Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013 (Downtown / Chinatown)
(202) 633-1000
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Ranked #24 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Southfield, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum back in June. It was free to enter and the art was amazing. I only spent approximate one hour there and could of stayed for most of the day. The art work is separated by artist and is very beautiful to see. There are descriptions under each painting and then about each artist so... More

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Niagara Falls
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148 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is one of the finest the Smithsonian offers. It contains a complete history of America from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, to a history of transportation as the country expanded from Atlantic to Pacific. There is a lovely exhibit containing First Lady Gowns from... More

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charlotte, nc
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163 reviews 163 reviews
36 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Recently attended an art lecture and tour as part of a group and I was in awe of the artwork and diversity of the collection (American Indian tribes, blacks as subject matters). The building itself is magnificent, and their is a beautiful courtyard where you can have lunch, rest and it too, is amazing (and cool as it is air... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This museum is a little out of the way but an absolute must-see if you have any interest in art. The building is also impressive and seems like something that you would find in a European city, rather than DC. Collection is vast and there are well-known artists on display here.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

All I can say is Wow! The hubz and I were very pleased with this versatile and exciting art museum of sculpture, pop art, American artifacts. The building is stunning and the art is very diverse. We are not art connoisseurs by any means , but we thoroughly enjoyed going through every floor of this museum. We would recommend starting... More

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Jurupa Valley, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went to this museum on the last day of our trip. We were a little worn out but had to see this museum. There are four floors and they have everything from classic old paintings to brand new sculptures. Inside here is also the National Portrait Gallery where you can see portraits of all the Presidents (except the current... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

So much to see, your eyes want more but your feet are to tired. Don't forget to visit the portrait gallery too and certainly the modern art division.

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Shanghai, China
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Loved this museum - learnt a lot, was accosted and befriended by staff in the museum shop, discovered a side to the US I hadn't previously been aware of. One of the highlights if my visit to DC.

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New York City, New York
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16 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The very best American art is at the National Gallery, but there's plenty of wonderful art here, too. They have a great collection of sculptures by Paul Manship that I find interesting.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is the museum where you get to find out what REALLY went down-not just the blah blah in the history books. It's dynamic, it's fun and you'll learn things you never heard anywhere else!

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