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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 art

I was walking by and had time to spare so went in. It was well worth the visit. One could spent the whole day with all the different exhibits. There is also an atrium with water... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was walking by and had time to spare so went in. It was well worth the visit. One could spent the whole day with all the different exhibits. There is also an atrium with water area which children can enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am an afficionado of American art, so I always visit this museum when in DC. My favorites are the landscapes and the folk art. The folk art is a must see! And I think this is a good museum (with the portrait gallery) for kids, choosing, e.g., folk art plus portraits of influential and popular Americans. This Visit I... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not a museum you can visit for just a few hours as I had read. The exhibits and the interactive displays kept us captivated the entire day. No Exaggeration. This really is a must see.

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East Islip, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like impressionists, this is the place to visit. Also the gallery on statues is very interesting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't initially plan on visiting the art museum, but I was bored and it was across the street from my hotel. It's huge and best of all, FREE! The art was beautiful and there was enough variety for everyone to find interest in. Due to time constraints, we had to split our visit into two trips because there are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a couple of hours so I walked to the American Art Museum. First of all a couple of hours is not nearly long enough. The building is beautiful itself and is designed with little seating areas where you can just relax and enjoy...I highly suggest you do. My favorite was the president's gallery. There are so many exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is what it says it is (and is attached the the National Portrait Gallery, so somewhat a two-fer to visit). There is a lot to see here. A number of amazing pieces. There are also really good special exhibits in their programming. Large and somewhat roomier than some of the other Smithsonian museums it may not necessarily feel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good place to be in. There are lot of other attractions to visit near Nation Gallery of Art. Perfect for all age groups.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is a must see for American art. It has to be the best collection of American in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently returned to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (free entry) and greatly enjoyed our time exploring the many very good works of art available to be seen at this museum, which interestingly shares space with the National Portrait Gallery in the former U.S. Patent Office building on 8th and F Streets. Both museums opening hours are 11.30am to 7pm... More 

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