Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art Museums • History Museums
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11:30 - 19:00
Monday
11:30 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 19:00
Thursday
11:30 - 19:00
Friday
11:30 - 19:00
Saturday
11:30 - 19:00
Sunday
11:30 - 19:00
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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.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
How to get there
  • Gallery Place • 2 min walk
  • Metro Center • 6 min walk
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Susan
Chicago, IL9 contributions
Aug 2022
our favorite of all the Smithsonian museums, including the National Portrait Gallery that occupies alternating wings and floors of this historic building, which is a draw itself. The captions of each piece of art work are superb -- brings history and individuals alive -- and the special exhibits are always engaging. A coffee or snack in the atrium is one of the best break places in town. We come here every time we're in DC, which is several times a year every year
Written 13 September 2022
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Wendy S
Austin, TX725 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I wasn't wild for the temporary exhibits, but I love their permanent collection! It's like visiting old friends; you might repeat previous conversations, but in a way that reminds you how much you love them!
Written 23 July 2022
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Honilovee
Charlotte, NC48 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Lots of different types of art even some I wonder how it got included. The presidential portraits were great. Some of the sculptures were inspirational. Some of the landscape paintings looked like photographs especially the special Olympics painting.
Written 20 July 2022
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LisandroVoyager
Washington DC, DC769 contributions
Jun 2022
We enjoyed collections on some of the past presidents and others detailing some of the art periods, styles and accomplishments of past ethnic groups. I like to include either a snack or lunch in the atrium which is spacious, nicely decorated and filled with light, and quiet, making it an ideal resting place after hours of standing and strolling. Best to time your visit when crowds are sparse. Smack in the heart of the city's most exciting neighborhood, with plenty to do and great bus/Metro access. Great pick for a rainy day.
Written 13 July 2022
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Sherri M
Plainville, MA153 contributions
Jun 2022
Thoroughly disappointed. Had been thoroughly looking forward to going back to the SAAM; built a day of our trip around that with great expectation. Showed up and found that virtually all of the SAAM is closed. The Portrait part of the museum is open, but almost all of the SAAM art work in not accessible. I just double checked the SAAM website, and there is NO indication of the extent of the closure. And I had actually sent an email to the museum (they don't take phone calls) asking about the works I wanted to see, and I never got anything except an automated response. The employee we talked to indicated it was for renovation, and that none of the art work had even been moved anywhere so it could be on display. At least the National Gallery of Art is exceedingly clear about what is closed, and has relocated some of it's most popular pieces from the affected areas to another part of the museum. Really big bummer.
Written 12 June 2022
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Emily M
United States1,024 contributions
Mar 2022
Co-located with the National Portrait Gallery and has a beautiful atrium in the center (especially nice on a cold or rainy day). Lots to see, check what special exhibits are there as well. Good for art, special exhibits, and learning about history through art.
Written 30 May 2022
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI647 contributions
May 2022
Despite many visits to our nation's capital, this was our first time visiting this Smithsonian Museum, given that it is several blocks off the National Mall. Both the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are housed here. Having a limited amount of time here, about 90 minutes, I had checked the SAAM website to ascertain whether works by favorite artists are held by SAAM and in what galleries they are hung so, with list in hand, we headed to see the Gilded Age and Impressionism galleries designed to bring out the best of some awesome works of art!! Beyond that, we found it difficult to get around, with some galleries closed and the courtyard and mezzanine being prepared for post-closing events whose guests were already wandering about the museum. The map we picked up at the front desk was less than helpful in locating several smaller galleries on the upper floors. The security guards tried to assist us, and while we saw some terrific galleries and works along the way, there were still things we could not locate.
Written 26 May 2022
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Eriko
Santa Monica, CA181 contributions
Apr 2022
Depending on your interests, you can stay as long as you want, and breeze through the galleries you are not interested in. Our feet were tired from all the walking, but we really wanted to see the Art Museum, so we breezed through the areas we didn't have the energy for and paused and absorbed through the galleries wer liked! There is something for everyone. There are benches to sit on to rest in most galleries too.
Written 5 May 2022
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David821966
East Northport, NY31 contributions
Feb 2022
Nothing can fulling describe the S. Art Museum. We spend a lot of time in the court yard area gazing and the wonderful orchids and other plants. Loved this attraction.
Written 24 February 2022
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA5,672 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
We went to see the Venetian glass exhibit on the first floor of the museum. Beautiful pieces to view and learn about. Be sure to check out the portrait gallery on the other side of the building.
Written 19 February 2022
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