Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

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One of the world's premier art collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum displays the works of more than 7,000 different artists. Founded in 1829 as a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum--the first of its kind--documents artwork from the United States dating from the colonial era to the modern day. You'll find that the complex, within a building itself listed as a National Historic Landmark, serves as a world-class repository of pieces documenting the American experience over the centuries and reflecting the major artistic movements of each era. Of special note is its array of works by African American and Latino artists. Join one of the daily guided tours, during which you can get an introduction to the museum from a docent. Be sure to check the museum's website for information on the many traveling exhibitions, visiting artists, and temporary displays. See Smithsonian American Art Museum and all Washington DC has to offer by arranging your trip with our Washington DC attractions planner.
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  • Smithsonian Institution building has been nicknamed "the Castle" (-Church Division, English names the Smithsonian Institution Building) on the first floor the rest of James Smithson's coffin was quietly. Anyone can participate in the membership to achieve his dream. Association is not, is like a church. Come here before seeing a da Vinci painting.
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  • There is something for everyone here and worth a visit. The Museum itself is just breathtakingly beautiful as are most of the buildings in D.C. The exhibits are nicely spaced so you never feel crowded...  more »
  • This museum has something for everyone; contemporary and classic art, as well as the National Portrait Gallery. Large collection of art throughout several time periods. Highly recommend this museum fo...  more »
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  • This place is an AMAZING space field with images of people who've made contributions to the American culture. There are paintings, portraits, and other images that reflect some key individuals as well as representatives of movements that have impacted American life. A free venture in culture and history is what you'll receive when you visit...and do so often. Being someone with you who will appreciate the experience.
  • This Smithsonian museum is less visited than most, being 6 blocks up from the Mall, but I'm always drawn to it. Artistically, it fits somewhere between the West and East Wing Gallery of Art, just down the hill. The Portrait Gallery side is not as interesting to me as the American art side (although you get 2 museums in one building). Architecturally, you MUST see the Great Hall on the 3rd floor of the Portrait side. It's not easy to find and many visitors don't get up to the 3rd floor. One of my favorite interior spaces in Washington. The galleries along the corridor used to be offices, but a wonderful renovation converted them into gallery spaces and made this interior into a sight to behold.
  • what a gorgeous museum! Great portraits and great history. If you want the popular Obama's t-shirt with their portrait on it prepare to shell out 40 duckies.
  • Personally for me the museums are a sight to behold no matter what. This museum was no less. I give 4 stars because I have been to MET, MoMA, Guggenheim, and other museums in the NYC, also Smithsonian air and space in DC. the American Art Museum is a younger cousin of the others. I did like some of the sculptures, and the conservation center was quite impressive. The american art also seems like a younger cousin of the European art, there are not many differences, in my humble opinion. it shares the edifice with the Museum of portraits that I did not get a chance to see fully. But I did see a floor dedicated to the portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
  • Love the place, but part of the floors were closed for private event. They keep changing the displays, so it's pretty cool and visit again and again. Timeless art!
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