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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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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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Hugh place with a lot of history

Plan to spend 2-4hr in there as there is so much to see. There are 3 levels and an eleveator if you get tired of walking like we did. Overall, I recommend it to everyone

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Chiclayo, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plan to spend 2-4hr in there as there is so much to see. There are 3 levels and an eleveator if you get tired of walking like we did. Overall, I recommend it to everyone

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the building is huge. study the brochure first. choose the 3 things that sound the most interesting. once you start looking at the exhibits the time will fly by. my friend and I are not art people but we both loved the Peacock Room exhibits. the story was so fascinating. we spent 3 hours there, then reluctantly moved on. there... More 

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here many times before and loved it. I like all the Americana and the stuff I remember growing up. They don't have much of that and large portions of the museum are closed. So sad.

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Amelia Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I enjoyed this museum the most of all the DC museums. It's really fun for kids - many hands on stations and just very interesting overall. Very well run and curated. Highly recommend!!

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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free to the public and full of American Art, it is definitely for the art connoisseur and lover. Definitely worth a visit and you don't need an entire day or an entire afternoon even.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go twice, once on a tour (self guided or guided), then on your own. Your experience and memories will be richer for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my first time at the American Art Museum, the portrait exhibit is very interesting, also the modern art section. The museum is not right on the mall, but it is only like 2 blocks away, worth the walk

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So if art isn't in your knowledge bank, while it's great to have individual works of art described by origin, artist and what they are about, but how about some directional discovery that can help a visitor navigate gallery to gallery...this, alas appears to be missing. Looks like an interesting permanent collection but wish it had some of the detail... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed an excellent docent highlights tour. The docent was very interesting and informative. We learned a lot about the artists and painters. The docent engaged the group with questions too. However, the cafe in the courtyard is very expensive -- $3.85 for a cup of tea is too much even for DC.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice museum. We really enjoyed the art and the museum employees were helpful and very friendly. Very busy during the summer, but is cool inside and the art work was splendid.

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