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“Enjoy their shows” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
(202) 633-1000
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Ranked #20 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works depicting the history of art in the United States.
Lakeway, Texas
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“Enjoy their shows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Whenever they have a new show, it's great to go and get one of the acoustiguide to punch in the number of the painting you're looking at and hear an expert describe the painting and tell you about the artist. It really adds to the experience.

Visited October 2012
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“Nice Array of Art....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

If you want a nice cross section of American Art, this is the place to go. None of the exhibits are overbearing or monopolize a majority of the space. When I was visiting, they had a neat exhibit of building a better mousetrap and a gallery of photographs from historically significant building and places from all over the U.S., all 50 years or older. It is also nice to see works by very prominent artists mixed in with the lesser known, but no less significant in their impact....

Visited June 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“An interesting and well curated experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This museum held our family of five (ages 11, 16 and 18) plus two adults captivated- a second visit for three of us and we would go again and again. The history is fantastic, and the presentations are authentic. The cafe is outstanding- delicious, yummy food albeit a bit pricey but well worth the coin here as this is real food worth savouring and spending time over with friends and family. Again, Washington, you should be proud of showcasing this type of work to the world- it has drawn us Canadians back twice in three years.

Visited December 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Beautiful historic building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I lived literally across the street from this museum for a year, so I considered it my "home" museum and sought to view every object in it, from top to bottom. I don't know if I quite succeeded at that, but I did spend a LOT of time there. There is a wide variety of art there and the foyer between the American Art Museum and the Portrait Museum (pictured here) is simply stunning. It's a piece of art in itself. My favorite piece is the "driftwood" horse in the sculpture area...it's an 8-foot tall "horse" made of what looks like pieces of driftwood, but is actually bronze...gorgeous!

Visited August 2012
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san antonio texas
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“Every bit of American History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This place had just about every piece of American History you could think of. I loved seeing the actual chairs that Archie and Edith Bunker sat in on All In the Family. I also got a kick out of seeing the original American Idol judges' table. (It was in the original bldg though) Seeing the inaugural gowns worn by all the first ladies was also a treat. I loved the souvenir shop as well. Can't wait to get back there this May.

Visited July 2012
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