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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  • October 4, 2017
    In further observing the whole 3-5 days. So, I end up wasting going to see from one of my interest, from go check in advance.
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  • September 29, 2017
    This museum is huge. I really enjoyed the portraits of the all of the presidents. So much amazing art here. Everything from modern to older works. Impossible to see it all.  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    A rather smallmuseum, but especuially the American artitsts are worth a visit. Restaurant is just a musuem cafe, but plaza is wonderful.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    I really enjoyed every moment in Smithsonian Art Museum. I really like to visit this place not only for taking fantastic and creative engagement or wedding shoots but also I just love to come there alone and with a big pleasure to enjoy beautiful exhibits of this museum. I think everyone once in their life should visit this amazing place.
  • May 30, 2017
    The museum itself was absolutely beautiful. However, i was confused because I was trying to go to the museum that had science exhibits in it, but I didn't know what the museum was called (later I found out it was the natural history museum). So I went into this museum and asked the security guards which of museums had science exhibits, and one of them (he looked hispanic) was so rude. I was so confused and when I was trying to explain to him where I was trying to go, he gave a very rude response and had a very rude look on his face. At first, he didn't even offer to hand me a brochure of all of the different museums. Nice museum but poor security guards.
  • July 10, 2017
    This museum is one of my favorite places. It's absolutely a great place for all ages.
  • May 27, 2017
    Great museum for American artists, painting and sculpture and folk art collection. Really nice atrium for lunch or break time.
  • February 18, 2017
    One of my all time favorite places in DC! Full of historical art and famed artists. A good place to spend hours or a few minutes before dinner.

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