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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Address: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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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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Must go several times to get the lesson

The basement if worth a day. To see how the Africans were treated, the original home states in Africa. The ports of entry into the US. The countries that profited from the slave... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The basement if worth a day. To see how the Africans were treated, the original home states in Africa. The ports of entry into the US. The countries that profited from the slave trade the cruelty our ancestors endure is uplifting and can also make you angry. It was all about wealth and money!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped into this gem on a whim and was rewarded with a plethera of interesting and inviting things to see. My favorite was the JFK exhibit.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibit American Visionary JF Kennedy John F. Kennedy's Life and Times. The exhibit's photographs are excellent and quite different than ay I'd seen in the past. The temporary Exhibit is there only through September 2017. We also visited the National Portrait Gallery located next door. The art work in this building is excellent. Both museums were... More 

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, I am absolutely nuts over art from the 20's, 30's and 40's especially art that was a result of the WPA. Although most of these works are still in post offices and libraries and government buildings across the country, the SAAM has a great little collection. These artists are not very well known but their art is breathtaking and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whether it's the National Portrait collection or the American Art you come to see, this is a great collection. And the building in which it's housed is something special too. The portrait collection is like taking a tour through American history - from a rare portrait of Queen Elizabeth the First (monarch at the time of the first English settlement... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed wandering around and visiting the museum store which has a fair amount of goods to be purchased. Open later than most other museums so good for a visit when it appears to be much quieter

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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not particularly impressed by the art or artefacts. Saw the JFK exhibition of photographs which I enjoyed but there wasn't anything there that I hadn't viewed previously in other places.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another huge building full of paintings, photographs and exhibits. All well documented and explained. Allow plenty of time to see everything.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best one to see since it has various parts of our history. Make sure you hit this one and allow two hours.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Depending on where you live a world class art museum may not be that big of a deal. If you are unlucky enough to live in a smaller town, like me, please take the time to always walk thru any of the Smithsonian Art Galleries. They have paintings that you've only read about or heard about and you can get... More 

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