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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Smithsonian American Art Museum and many more Washington DC attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Washington DC itinerary planner.
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  • What a great museum. A beautiful portraits Gallery and modern art. Funny tribute to athletes and celebrities. And even some real Hoppers! A must. There you can really a day wandering.
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  • I was here for both personal and business purposes and was staying close by so I did 2 visits in 3 days. Absolutely glad I can back a 2nd time because between this museum and the attached Portrait Mus...  more »
  • Definitely a lot to explore, so give yourself at least 2 hours to walk through everything. My favorite floor was the modern art section, where there were some huge, beautiful, pieces of art that are v...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This museum is one of my favorite places. It's absolutely a great place for all ages.
  • Great museum for American artists, painting and sculpture and folk art collection. Really nice atrium for lunch or break time.
  • 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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