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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 #20 of 255 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Whatever art you like, there are wonderful examples here. When audio tours are available, they are well worth taking. I had my first visit here as a child and when I come back now I have to visit my favorite paintings throughout the museum-- they never get old. the restaurant options between the two buildings provide one of the better... More

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Milan, Italy
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104 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

it is a very large museum , hence to visit it all in one go is quite ambitious . the renovation allows to see a gorgeous building and the collections are really fascinating. the covered courtyard is debatable compared to the british museum in london, and in my view lacks life , but this is only a personal view

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Selinsgrove
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was my first time in this museum! I travel to Washington D.C. on a regular basis to visit museums, monuments and other attractions, and this museum did not disappoint. I was interested in viewing the presidential portraits, but found myself loving other things as well. The contemporary art, as well as temporary exhibit were fantastic. I loved the Richard... More

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Buffalo, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Love this museum. It was so cool to see the Dorothy from the wizard of oz shoes, archy bunkers chair and the one and only Farrah Facet famous poster orange bathing suit

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Bromley
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This museum covered the wars for independence, the deaths of presidents, first ladies ball gowns, the growth and use of trains, trams and the subway, and of course the car, iconic objects through the years - as well as the changes in food and dining- all in the context of developments in the American way of life. This is a... More

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Midland, Texas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

If you are into art, this is the place to go. It could take you all day if you want to see everything and really look at the art. This is a to do place in DC. Very nice.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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77 reviews 77 reviews
10 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Made the trek from Connecticut to DC just to see the Richard Estes exhibit at the American Art Museum and was not disappointed. This is one amazing artist. He paints pictures that look stunningly like photographs. Words can not express how amazing his art is. You just need to see it for yourself. A side note: In his city landscapes... More

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Westmont, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is rarely on the top list of places to visit and it is a shame! In a colossal 3+ story structure that once housed the patent office, the space now holds the American Art Museum and the Portrait Gallery. People might come to the Portrait Gallery to see the hall of presidential portraits but there is so much more.... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
65 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you have any interest in art, or even if you don't, this museum is a fun way to spend some time. I only had 2 days in D.C. to see everything, so I just did a brief walk through of this museum. It definitely had an interesting mix of artwork that kept my attention. And it's free, so who... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Where to start? This gallery is awesome, both for its holdings and also for the building itself. The art exhibits are very nice and range the gamut from traditional and classic to modern and abstract. The building, though, is an oft-overlooked work of art itself. It was apparently once the Patent Office, and there's a grand promenade on the second... More

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