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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Finally made it to this combo museum - half of each floor is the American art museum and half is the national portrait gallery. You can easily see both museums by going back and forth through the museums on each floor. It makes an interesting...More

Thank rockyroadie
Reviewed 5 days ago

I would give it a higher review, but a whole wing was cut of for remodeling. I've always enjoying seeing both the new exhibits and the treasured ones such as Archie bunker's chair!

Thank travlinrn
Reviewed 6 days ago

We saw this museum, but really like the older artists and their works, but these paintings were a part of the American history.

Thank SingerTrainer
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not as overwhelming as the National Art Museum. Very interesting for those who are inspired by modern art and sculpture.

Thank Tina K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to DC many times as a tourist/sight seer. A friend suggested a particular art display at the Smithsonian that I should see. I was surprised that it was housed in a completely new (to me) museum. Did not get to stay long...More

Thank sabelosimone
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a really enjoyable half a day exploring various special exhibits such as "Cats Before the Internet" and the Marlena Dietrich photos. The permanent collection has many interesting themes, especially for the US history buff. The building is well arranged with plenty of elevators...More

1  Thank mmezedd99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything from paintings to sculptures. From very early pieces to somewhat modern. Like the fact that you can get up close and look. Not touch, but look. If you like art in any way, you will not be disappointed.

Thank AJ F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is connected to the National Portrait Gallery so you get two museums for one. I was actually visiting the Portrait gallery but kept wandering into the art museum. I liked this museum because it is American art and each piece has a plaque...More

Thank Luv2Travel100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Coming here has given me the opportunity to appreciate American art!!! This museum was so well put together from old age art to modern art. I have always admire European artists and this museum has opened my eyes to American artwork. This is definitely a...More

Thank itsxjackie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here and really enjoyed the paintings of the US Preidents plus the history involved with many notable historical figures. Lots to see in this Gallery

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darkfalcon500
How long would it take to visit here and the portrait gallery
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.
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Wilson K
What is a good amount of time to budget for a family with mature children?
March 1, 2017|
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Response from Carlupi | Reviewed this property |
I think 2-3 hours should be enough to get a good sense of the art collection and to wander around this great building.
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Alan B
I am in Washington in late September and want to see historical quilts, is his the museum I see them? How many are on view, seems wen I look at websites they always say "not on view"
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.
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