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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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Beautiful Museum Filled with American Art

Very much worth a visit to see great art created by Americans from the early days of the country to the present. One must see is the Lincoln Gallery, a glorious space, filled with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Falmouth, MA

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Falmouth, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Very much worth a visit to see great art created by Americans from the early days of the country to the present. One must see is the Lincoln Gallery, a glorious space, filled with stunning cutting edge contemporary art. Great gift shop, short on souvenirs, but filled with beautiful crafts.

Thank Mikeb1Falmouth_MA
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 444 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

Don't be confused by some reviews here. This is a companion museum to the American Portrait Gallery. The building itself is wonderful, with its central courtyard and cafe. Free admission. Open 11:30 am to 7 pm. Easy access from the Gallery-Chinatown Metro stop. Be aware of security as you enter, the museum does provide lockers for storage. Limited photography is... More 

Thank etweeden
Berkeley, California
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

It gives you a glimpse of what America is all about, through it's art and history. Will go back soon because it is just too much for one visit.

Thank Tora S
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

I was interested to see what this museum was like after visiting the louvre recently, I was very impressed I with what I saw, there was a great selection of art without the crowds standing in front of them, it was nice being able to look them and read what was written on the plaques about the artist and subject,... More 

Thank bigapplefan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

The building itself is beautiful. The art is fabulous - Monet, Van Gogh, and other artists are on display along with American art. There is also a restaurant.

Thank Beth G
Wesley Chapel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a lot of time looking at the beautiful art. The museum was beautiful. Was quite inspiring to see,

Thank Janet F
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

Eh--overall this museum needs an update. I was told by a friend to visit Julia Child's kitchen, so I headed straight for that area upon arrival. The kitchen was a bit darker than expected. That's the thing about the exhibits, the ones I visited were moodily lit which made it a bit difficult to make out details. The descriptions were... More 

Thank Heidi E
Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Had a wonderful stroll through part of this museum. And because it's free (gotta love the Smithsonian!), you can take in a lot or just a little. I loved the theme - a great variety of art but all part of America's art history. The iconic potrait of Ben Franklin is probably the highlight. Besides the art, I also found... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

My wife and I already aren't all that into art as it is, but we at least try to make an effort to appreciate it when it's presented. I have to say, I was sorely disappointed by it. I don't think it's the museum's fault, though, it's just that traditional American art is pretty boring. There were some nice exhibits.... More 

Thank Tim Z
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

In one building you get 2 amazing art museums, the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Regardless of what style of art you enjoy these museums will satisfy your interest and you will leave with a bit more appreciation of the art. Further they are free to the public, they provide lockers, the staff is helpful and knowledgeable... More 

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