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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  • With most museums closing in late afternoon, this museum is something special for the American history buff who is ready to keep on going after 5:00 pm.  more »
  • We particularly enjoyed the portraits of so many early Americans, and also the Presidential portraits. My 13 year old really enjoyed the Contemporary exhibit. There were some really cool digital displ...  more »
  • Another wonderful Smithsonian Museum. We were treated to beautiful works of art. It was especially enjoyable because it wasn't crowded and there were few young kids inside. It's definitely a museum th...  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.
  • Great museum for American artists, painting and sculpture and folk art collection. Really nice atrium for lunch or break time.
  • Always free, lots of fantastic stuff to look at, great architecture, beautiful and just off the beaten path enough to not be packed during high tourist times.
  • A great place to loose an afternoon, or even sit for a few minutes to eat lunch, or read a book.