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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 #27 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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cleveland, oh
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is lesser known than some others, but contains some wonderful exhibits, including the Portrait Museum showings that change throughout the year. Always, up-to-date exhibits are displayed. Well worth a visit while in the city.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews 110 reviews
29 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A couple blocks removed from the mobs of the mall, the American Art Museum has works of art everyone will recognize and new discoveries to be made.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Of course it is not as "cool" as the natural history museum but do not discount it so quickly. It has amazing exhibit regarding America's wars it fought. Though I am shocked by such a small display of World War I, Korean War and Afghanistan conflict. It didn't have anything on Americas involvement in Yugoslavia i guess they don't count?... More

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Star-Spangled Banner is by far the highlight of the museum. Amazed at how large it is. The food through the ages exhibit is also very interesting. Kids loved Dorothy's ruby slippers on display as well as Abe Lincoln's top hat. Unique items on display..

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My 7 year old son and I loved this museum. We saw Dorothy's slippers, Archie Bunkers' chair, and Alice's waitress uniform. If you like pop culture, this is your museum. It was fun! We really wanted to see the superhero characters, but that wing of the museum was under renovation.

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Montreal, Canada
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24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

The presidential portraits are worth the trip since collection at the White House is not viewable. American realism exhibit til August is superb if you like realism. Civil War and Karsh portraits are a must seer. A truly enjoyable afternoon and not overwhelming.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

a great way to spend the afternoon! a lot of different artists, from different time periods, all exhibiting some of the major currents that marked American art, my favorites being the collection on American Realism, featuring some great works by Edward Hopper and Paul Cadmus, among others.

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Madison, Mississippi
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

There were very few exhibits in a extreemly large building. The set-up for the objects was ill conceived and the choice of items even worse. I have visited museums all over the world and the Smithsonian is by far the WORST MUSEUM I have ever had the displeasure of visiting. I've seen the British Museum, London, the Bodlian Museum, Oxford,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed this gallery. It has a huge range of different art from photo to oils, sculpture to film, traditional to modern. Stand out was Naim June Pak 'electronic superhighway' but there is really something for everyone here

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New York City, New York
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82 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Stopped in here because it was on the national mall strip and figured it was free so why not. I ended up staying until the museum was closing. Tons of amazing art to look at, and I'm not the biggest fan of art. Some really incredibly detailed paintings, I found myself taking a couple hundred pictures here, always finding a... More

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