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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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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8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My favorite piece in SAAM is "Preamble." It was made by a man who wasn't even what most would consider an artist. It was made by an executive at Nissan. This was back in the '80s and he worked really hard to solve a puzzle...More

Thank TammySue88
Reviewed 4 days ago

I spent way more time in this half of the building than the Portrait Gallery side. As I said in that review, if you are in town for set day activities (conference, for example), your ability to explore Smithsonians will be limited. This is one...More

Thank L S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to many art museums around the world, particularly in Paris, Rome, and Madrid and I have to say I was really impressed by the quality of art and exhibits here. They were on par with the more well known European museums and...More

Thank JSuth2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can only go to a few of the Smithsonian Museums this would be one I would select. We arrived in DC around dinner time and this was the only museum that was open late. We were not disappointed. Be sure to check out...More

Thank Offthecouch65
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum also includes the Renwick Gallery [which focuses on Crafts etc], provides "electronic resources" (with more than 500,000 records) to schools & the Public... and has a very busy travelling Gallery. Over the years the Museum has vigorously expanded its collection... and now has...More

Thank smdoctoroff
Reviewed 1 week ago

We completed all six museums in a few hours but then we are not that interested in spending hours as we are a little impatient.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is a museum for everyone not just art lovers, it captivated our group from the start, from Electronic Superhighway, to the majestic marbles, to the majestic Kogod courtroom, (I guess you are not suppose to play in the fountain) this...More

1  Thank happytraveler709
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the National Portrait Gallery, especially the Presidents Portraits which are terrific. There is a beautiful atrium to enjoy the outdoor light regardless of the weather outside. And in honor of JFK's 100th year, an impressive photo exhibit of his life and incredible service...More

1  Thank LadyDiOC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum visit was not planned, but we went to Chinatown to eat and this was nearby. It is 1 block from the Spy Museum so we decided to visit. It was very nice with great American Art collections. Some really interesting paintings of Indians...More

2  Thank Susan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in the same building as the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) has a broad spectrum of art crossing several centuries. There are more than 7000 artists represented in their permanent collection. There were a number of temporary exhibits on display,...More

2  Thank LouisM565
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21 June 2017|
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Response from johnny_simpatico | Reviewed this property |
One could spend hours there. My limit for any museum is about 90 minutes. This museum is centrally located downtown and it's free to enter. I would recommend one visit to the American Art side and second visit to the... More
Wilson K
1 March 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
24 August 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.