Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC: Hours, Address, Smithsonian American Art Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Smithsonian American Art Museum shares its collections, programs, and exhibitions in two locations in Washington, DC. SAAM’s main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kinda Invisible
Greater Seattle Area276 contributions
Timeless
Sep 2021
Oh, I loved this place! Take your time, let your mind wander, and enjoy whatever is in front of you. Not all of the exhibits or halls are open but it was well worth our time.
Written October 21, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,507 contributions
A lot of great paintings
Sep 2021
I visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum in September 2021. It has a rich collection of American art and a wide range of paintings. I went around for about 1.5 hours. It is difficult to find specific artists - I found a painting by Georgia O'Keefe. If you are interested in specific artists or paintings I recommend going to the information desk for the exact location. I also took the opportunity to return to the National Portrait Gallery which is part of this museum. I visited Bravo which has portraits of famous people in music, Champions which has portraits of famous sports heroes, and I returned to America's Presidents. This time the portrait of Andrew Jackson had returned but the portrait of President Obama is still out on loan. There is a really interesting atrium which separates the two museums and a nice gift shop.
Written September 24, 2021
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Tori
Stanford, CA48 contributions
great art exhibits
Aug 2021
loved this museum! it is well worth the time, especially since it is free! the art is beautiful and there is plenty to see
Written August 16, 2021
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LisandroVoyager
Washington DC, DC761 contributions
A beautifully presented exhibit of naturalist and man of letters Alexander von Humboldt
Jul 2021
The Alexander von Humboldt exhibition was beautiful to the eye, and featured very informative panels relating the exhibit's varied art pieces to his research interests and to the context of the budding American republic. It relates how he cultivated high level figures here in the USA and influenced them much later in his life. He also influenced the nation's arts community specifically in the area of landscape painting and portrayal of Indian/Native American figures and their life scenes. It is due to close 15 July but it's worth checking if the exhibit will travel elsewhere after it closes. There are a few videos to see in the exhibit and also on the Smithsonian website.
Written July 9, 2021
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jessica p
Westlake, OH110 contributions
lots of great art
Jun 2021
Really enjoyed this museum. Did have to get timed entry pass. Had weird rule you have to wear backpack in front. Most of staff very nice, a few very brusque about backpack rule (heaven forbid your back pack fall to side of you)
Written June 23, 2021
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,806 contributions
Grand History
Oct 2020 • Friends
I am always amazed with the many museums that constitute the Smithsonian. The American Museum of American history does not disappoint. In my mind, I tend to believe I am familiar with American history and realize how little I know when I arrive at this museum.
Written October 24, 2020
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Rajesh
2 contributions
The best museums ever visited - Smithsonian
Dec 2019
The experience of visiting Smithsonian museums was exciting, interesting and learned and explored art in various forms.
Written June 12, 2020
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Morten P
Copenhagen, Denmark353 contributions
Grand, just grand.
Oct 2019
All I can say about this place is ... it is nothing less than magnificent.
I could imagine that you will never be "finished" with this place, that you find new things and details in paintings and other works of art from time to time.
Is a "must see" place in Washington D.C.
Written April 13, 2020
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SDTravelMom
San Diego, CA338 contributions
First time, but won't be the last
Oct 2019
This is a very large museum. I decided not to try to see it all. Walked just a few of the galleries, so I could truly enjoy the wonderful art. Wear good walking shoes!
Written March 27, 2020
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Jude G
Gibsons, Canada350 contributions
Great exhibits
Mar 2019 • Family
The exhibits here appeal to everyone.they are well displayed and plenty of room to appreciate and view. It is also a wonderful thing to take your children to witness culture and art for free.
Written February 16, 2020
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