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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Closed Now: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is too much to comment on in terms of the individual works, so will stick to my thoughts on how fortunate Americans are that this treasure is accessible as it is (like all of the other Smithsonian museums).

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank blair_reddeer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw a lot interesting and informative displays. Couldn't have found a better way of passing a few hours and getting educated at the same time. Make sure you see Dorthy' s Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz movie.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank fireguy329
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Presidential portraits are wonderful but there is so much more to see. Exhibitions are always changing and bringing new art to enjoy. The building architecture is wonderful, too. Have a drink or coffee in the courtyard!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Midysue17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Happily found the Cleopatra statue by Edmonia Lewis as told about in the recent book by John Rice. It's beautiful, and has an interesting history! This museum has a wonderful collection.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Terry W
Reviewed August 4, 2019

After visiting the National Portrait Gallery, I visited this museum. The Kogod Couryard separates these 2 attractions. Free Entrance here! Visitors use the G Street entrance. I had a great time admiring the various paintings, sculptures, etc on display here. Tip: Visit Chinatown, located a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

While not an art expert any person who visits will find at least one exhibit they connect to or take a fancy to.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brent M
Reviewed July 29, 2019 via mobile

The museum has 3 floors. We started from top floor to bottom. The exhibit of American actors and famous athletes was really good. My favourite was the exhibits and photos of the American presidents. The photo of Michelle Obama was very popular.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 28, 2019

You can take photo of everything in this gallery, but no food and drink! Cool collection of art, but I have seen more sophisticated paintings than what I have seen at this gallery. One of the security guards interrupted me while I was talking to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank mademoisellelee
Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

This museum is a couple blocks away from the National Mall and near Metro stop/ Galleries/China Town. I visited 4:30-6:30pm. It is the only nearby museum open after 5:30 it seemed. Excellent visit and wonderful presidential gallery. Two kids play areas are in museum as...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Calico4
Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

Yes, if you could only visit one art museum in Washington, it should be the National Gallery of Art. And probably the second would be the Phillips Collection. I suspect this is the finest third most prominent art museum in any American city—even without considering...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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June 20, 2017|
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Response from Ron G | Reviewed this property |
Since we've been here so often, it usually takes about 1 hour. First timers should allot at least 2-3 hours.
March 1, 2017|
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Response from SKL2010 | Reviewed this property |
2 hours on one side (the Am Art Museum), break for lunch in the courtyard or at one of the places nearby, and then 2 hours on the other side (Nat'l. Portrait Gallery). Highly recommend going up to the top floor gallery of... More
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Response from PlatinumHoney | Reviewed this property |
If it is the National Quilt Collection you are interested in seeing, it is part of the division of Home and Community Life's Textile Collection, and it is on display at the National Museum of American History (Constitution... More