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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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Amazing place to visit! Beautiful on the inside and overall a great place to be. Be sure to bring a camera!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place to visit! Beautiful on the inside and overall a great place to be. Be sure to bring a camera!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is in the same building as the National Portrait Gallery. Very good selection of contemporary artists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits just plain take your breath away and keep your interest for hours. This is a must visit location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a painting class at the museum and it was a wonderful experience. The teacher knew when to chime in on our artwork and when to let us discover things on our own.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the portraits, and learned much about the celebrities and statesmen. I had originally set aside 2 hours, but stayed longer, and still didn't see all that I wanted to. The visitors guide and map provided doesn't describe what items are show in each section, so it would really be best to plan your visit on arrival and decide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Problem with the free Smithsonian Museums and visitors is that there are 14 or 15 of them and sadly most people (myself included) can't do more than 2 a day. So hosting touring friends requires detailed discussion. For Foreign guests I always suggest this museum because it has one of the best collections of American art of any museum in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though to the highest of standards, both our teenagers and our 6-year old loved it. The 6-year old went around taking pictures of the paintings, their mom went around saying: Oh, this painter, oh that painter, they are all here! Amazing! And what great museum shop :)

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a full day of seminars this is one of the places to run off too. Beautiful structure,exhibits and history. Great area for pictures and if you love art it's a must see, just a few blocks from the National Parks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

spend time in this truely american Icon worth the extra time in DC along with all the smithsonian building can spend more than a week in just the smithsonian building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building, a few blocks or so from the Mall, North of the Gallery of Art West Wing houses both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Portrait Gallery. It's worth the walk to get lunch at Hill Country BBQ halfway up the hill. I personally think the American Art holds its own against the National Gallery East & West.... More 

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