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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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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 today

Great place to explore if you have free time in Washington DC and you are interested in American art and culture

Thank Graham B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I really enjoyed the artwork of the greats! My kids were not impressed but it was a nice experience for them I am sure. Children do not enjoy museums until they get much older like me.

Thank Elon B
Reviewed 6 days ago

A feast for one's eyes. SAAM and The Renwick Gallery were an entire day's adventure. SAAM was so full of both special exhibits and permanent exhibits we spent far more time there than we anticipated. But...we weren't disappointed.

Thank BostonBubbles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an hour to kill in the area before dinner reservations. We came through some of these exhibits after viewing the presidential portraits. There were a lot of different types of art - sculptures, paintings, videos, etc. I would recommend walking through the space...More

Thank kmtom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never could get a grip on the "modern" type of art that owns a couple rooms here - (painting a 6 year old could do, stacked blocks...you know what I mean) But aside from that there are some great master works here that should not...More

Thank Bannatyne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We jump to the Portrait Gallery and look at the newest acquisitions and then head up to the contemporary art exhibit. A very uncrowded, undiscovered space. Take time for a coffee in the beautiful Kogod courtyard.

Thank BoiseHotelee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the art here but I felt like it was much to spread out. My favorite part of the museum was the gift shops.

Thank jcoletravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the temporary exhibits as well as the permanent installations were just terrific. It also includes the Presidential Portrait display. You could spend two or three days here visiting every room.

Thank Lms48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

combined with the national portrait gallery, this was my favorite museum to visit. We took a one hour highlights tour and it was a terrific way to get a food overview of the museum. Then went back to spend more time in the most interesting...More

Thank Capfamily
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was blown away by this museum. Probably my favorite thing I saw on this trip. I will come here again if I ever return to DC.

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June 20, 2017|
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Response from RonFG | 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.
Wilson K
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
Alan B
August 23, 2016|
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Response from Wendy A | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember seeing them when I was there. They may have been on display but I didn't see them. Sorry.