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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Address: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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11:30 am - 7:00 pm
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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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A day at the American Art Museum - wonderful

I went to the American Art Museum and National Portrait Museum on Friday and absolutely loved my day. I had seen most of the National Portrait Gallery on a previous visit, so... read more

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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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I went to the American Art Museum and National Portrait Museum on Friday and absolutely loved my day. I had seen most of the National Portrait Gallery on a previous visit, so tried to focus on the Art Museum part of the buildings on this trip. For the uninitiated, these 2 museums are now connected by a huge covered courtyard,... More 

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Acton, United States
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most prominent American artists are covered in this expansive series of galleries (in the old US Patent Office Building). Each gallery is organized by major art schools, so you'll see everything from Hudson River School to modern stuff.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I often visit this wonderful museum when I visit Washington. Its off the Mall, so there's a slightly different crowd than one sees several blocks to the south. On the first floor are spectacular exhibits of WPA art and folk/self-taught art. The Norman Foster design for the atrium creates a spectacular public space. We bought some tofu bibimbap from a... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful art and a very amazing building to house it all in. We enjoyed walking around with the head sets to listen to information about each of the pieces. I would highly recommend taking a trip here and a great place to bring older children.

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Bishopville, Maryland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of portraits and info about civil war, presidents, famous historical and political people from Americas past. Some sculptures, few pieces of furniture/art, and a neat (somewhat creepy at times) living art that had videos of people in various positions/activities in artistic manner. Building is large - actually multiple museums in one location and there is a cool open air... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the AMAP on a whistle stop tour of Washington DC. I have visited DC on a couple of occasions in the past, but had yet to visit the AMAP. - open from 11:30 - 7pm - free admission - the enclosed courtyard is a great space to take a break - The presidential portraits as well as the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is actually two museums in one with the american portrait gallery also attached. You won't get lost in this place and even if you only have 30 minutes you can see much of the great history and portraiture.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with the family. Very interesting place. Lots of things to see from different time periods, different styles and interpretations. They have a huge atrium where you could relax. The silence is therapeutic. Go during off hours.

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Wanted to see all the cool art pieces inside since I'd seen the pieces in the statue garden already, including the car that is flattened by the huge boulder at the entrance on Independence Ave. Inside the museum was quite nice. They have an orchid display at the entryway, which was a continuation of the Botanical Garden Orchid Hall that... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One side of the building is dedicated to the Portrait gallery, and the other side is American paintings and sculpture and Folk Art. I loved the really quirky folk art. The building itself is beautiful and the courtyard is amazing. Worth a couple of hours to browse. It was also not too crowded, so you don't feel hurried.

Thank Rhonda W

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