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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 253 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful collection. It deserves multiple visits to enjoy it all. As always, moved by Ellsworth Kelly.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I've lived in DC for 20+ years and this museum remains one of my favorites (in addition to the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn and the Phillips Collection). This museum is a bit off the beaten path but well worth visiting, and it's free!!!. Go to the top floor to see fun modern art. Beautiful building. Amazing atrium/courtyard. This... More

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Livingston, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

All in our party learned something new. A great national treasure available to all for free! Don't miss if you are a history buff in D.C.

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Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Well these are both run by Smithsonian and in the same building, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art. It is a little difficult telling actually where one ends and the other begins, although diagrams are available indicating this. There are wonderful collections, not only showcasing our art but history as well. Then temporary or traveling... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I loved the museum. I was in here for hours admiring the amazing collection. I appreciated the contemporary art works and sculpture section. I would visit again in future.

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Delaware, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The American Cool exhibit was neat and thought-provoking. Presidential portraits were also interesting. Courtyard cafe has a great salad bar, but it is a bit pricey. Recommended!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a great place to go if you'r win DC on an inclement weather day especially. I love that all the Smithsonian Museums are free! Plan to spend an hour or more there.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Didn't really eat up too much time, but we had lots of fun seeing the Americana. We all loved seeing Julia Child's kitchen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Awesome museum, live experiments for grown ups and children ( try the DNA experiments and have a vial of your own Dna sequence in a vial pendant in a necklace( better than an organic passport!!! It´s your unique sequence) Too bad the famous T-Rex is not available until 2017 ( under maintenace) Great moment! We have a pale imitation in... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I took the redline subway from outside of DC to Chinatown station. From there its a short walk. Its in Chinatown where theres alot to do and eat. The Museum complex is split into two parts, the Portrait Gallery on one side and the American Art Museum on the other side. You cannot do both sides in one day, unless... More

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