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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art Museum and Art Gallery
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Anthony A.
    "Check out the Art of Video Games exhibit."(3 Tips)
    Steve H.
    "Impressive! Enjoyed the folk art."(4 Tips)
    Morgan T.
    "One of my favorite museums."(3 Tips)
    Island Bruin
    "There is better American Art at the National Gallery."(3 Tips)
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  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderDecember 21, 2015
    Airy interior courtyard on a cold rainy or snowy day can't be beat. Backpacks are allowed as long as you carry them by your side. Gorgeous gift shopping at all price points in 2 gift shops.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 29, 2015
    Less crowded of Smithsonians, but loaded with great American artists and sculptors. From 1600s to present day. Includes modern works of pop culture art that are eclectic. Great museum!
  • stepher
    stepherApril 21, 2015
    You can save this museum until later in the day as it is open until 7PM while most others close earlier. Please verify because these things change.
  • Smithsonian
    SmithsonianJune 7, 2012
    Take one of the daily docent-led tours or behind the scenes tour of the Lunder Conservation Ctr (Wed @ 3). Short on time? Stop by the Info Desk to get the Ten Highlights self-guided tour
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite museums in DC--open until 7, not as many tourists thanks to its location off the Mall, great modern art collection, airy courtyard.
  • Fairuz M.
    Fairuz MaggioJanuary 17, 2015
    My favorite museum in DC. The national portrait gallery offers a lot of interesting modern art exhibits and a courtyard with gorgeous architecture.
  • Rachel U.
    Rachel UtschFebruary 25, 2011
    LOVE the "open" conservation labs and storage! An interesting side to museums that you rarely see. Don't leave without seeing this part of the museum on the third floor mezzanine and fourth floor.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HamelinkDecember 19, 2015
    Every few months you get a new featured exhibit so it will often have something new to see. Good for having quiet conversation.
  • Julie S.
    Julie Smith DavidOctober 6, 2012
    Be sure to walk between the buildings through the underground tunnel: great light installation, gelato and coffee bar, and fun museum shop!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Going to see a show? TICKETplace, nearby at 923 F Street, offers tickets for select events on the day of the show at half price. Purchases must be made in person. -- Green Guide Editor Read more
  • Sophia A.
    Sophia AlexApril 26
    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C, the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft has aviation fans streaming in to see 50,000 original artifacts. Read more
  • Serhii L.
    Serhii Lutsko6 days ago
    This museum has mostly modern art so definitely nice place to go for people who like it
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    One of my favorite museums. This place it literally attached to the Portrait Gallery. Check out the Kogod courtyard.
  • Edgar
    EdgarSeptember 5, 2012
    Great gallery, fun to go if you like art, pictures and history. No as fun with children since reading and keeping quite is required.
  • Anne H.
    Anne HenochowiczJanuary 29, 2016
    I like to bring my lunch to the atrium during the work week. It feels like you're picnicking by a stream on a warm spring day, no matter the weather outside.
  • Bruna S.
    Bruna SommerJuly 16, 2015
    I thought it was bigger, but I loved the building and the Civil War collection. Good memories in the heart of Chinatown.
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 17, 2012
    Great Museum. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to walk around. Go to each floor. Don't rush like I had to...I wish I saw more.
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardAugust 29, 2014
    For me, the best part was the peek at how the conservation and restoration of some pieces of art works. Fascinating!
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJuly 7, 2015
    Folk art is good. But the collection in general is a hodge-podge. There is better American Art at the National Gallery.
  • Jojo A.
    Jojo AJune 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Please pass by the information desk and ask about tours .. It provides great details without searching. Just remember the last tour is at 3:30 pm
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafApril 4, 2016
    The tours and the collection of art you could,spend weeks learning about various,artists
  • Crescentrating Halal Friendly Travel
    The American Art Museum of the Smithsonian Institution features an exclusive compilation of the largest collection of American Art. Read more
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith StewartAugust 19, 2011
    The courtyard is the best place to feel like you're outside without being outside. Nice light, great place to bring your lunch.
  • Cidomar B.
    Like the other Smithsonian Museums, great place to go. And the admission is free.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    Chef José Andres tells us he comes for here for a little escape: walking through the vast halls always inspires him.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BJanuary 27, 2013
    The atrium is a wonderful place to take a break with an infant or really anyone.
  • Nathan
    NathanJanuary 16, 2013
    If you have trouble convincing your son to go to this museum, tell him it's actually the Boobies Museum.
  • John T.
    John TaylorSeptember 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit back and stare into Nam June Paik's "Megatron/Matrix" and "Electronic Superhighway" for as long as you like. It's free!
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RixJuly 25, 2012
    The video game exhibit is underwhelming and small but all the rest of the museum is beautiful.
  • Mary R.
    Mary ReynoldsApril 7, 2012
    Great the art of video game exhibit! Awesome photography exhibit as well.
  • Peter
    PeterJanuary 15, 2012
    The courtyard is one of the most calming and open indoor spaces I've ever been in
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    A hidden gem. Very gorgeous with a cool modern art section.
  • Steve H.
    Steve HummerDecember 1, 2012
    Impressive! Enjoyed the folk art. Looking forward to coming back to explore the other two floors!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GizziNovember 17, 2013
    Amazing museum. As good as, maybe better, than the National Gallery.
  • Walburga A M.
    Walburga A MarderFebruary 19, 2013
    one of the best collections of museums worldwide - and always free -
  • Jack F.
    Jack FonsecaApril 4, 2016
    Accidentally ended up here from the National Portrait Gallery and was impressed by the contemporary art and open spaces.
  • Alvaro R.
    Alvaro RabaMarch 7, 2014
    Start by going to the third floor, that's the spot for all Modern Art
  • Maria N.
    Maria Nelson3 weeks ago
    Gorgeous museum! Open later than a lot of the other ones
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 18, 2014
    One of the lesser Smithsonians - National Gallery of Art is way better.
  • Kaytie B.
    Kaytie BroadhurstApril 30, 2013
    So much to look at. Be sure to set a day aside to see this wonderful museum.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MNovember 12, 2015
    Always free, always a good time. Love all the Smithsonians.
  • Jonathon C.
    Jonathon ColmanFebruary 27, 2014
    "Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier."
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina SMarch 23, 2014
    Beautiful landscapes, folk art. Plus it closes at 7pm.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FilbertOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Art & Coffee in the Luce Center, Wed-Sun 1-3:30pm, chat with the curators, enjoy free coffee and wi-fi
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokApril 27, 2015
    The contemporary exhibition is not big but great
  • Mary Kate K.
    Mary Kate KeapplerMarch 27, 2016
    Very peaceful experience. Staff is great!
  • Bill S.
    Bill SobelAugust 7, 2010
    I totally agree with Colin. I would also recommend seeing the 12 min short feature about Rockwell from Spielberg and Lucas
  • Tammy Z.
    Tammy ZhouJuly 23, 2011
    Sit in the expansive courtyard - has AC! The colbert portrait is @ american history museum now, not here.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikNovember 7, 2014
    Art 🎨 meets history ⌛️ in this mammoth museum.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenSeptember 16, 2014
    Love the paintings by Edward Hopper.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Great art and it's always quiet
  • Will W.
    Will WooldridgeMay 27, 2012
    Check out the art of video games. Nice exhibit.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LyMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Alexis Rockman's A Fable for Tomorrow Exhibit on the third floor until May 8th!!! It is amazing!
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AgbyMarch 17, 2012
    Check out the Art of Video Games exhibit. Pretty awesome.
  • Josh D.
    Josh DixonMay 28, 2012
    You have to check out "the art of video games"!
  • Caro P.
    Caro PhilAugust 10, 2011
    The Folk Art section is amazing
  • Nadia A.
    Nadia AbourayaAugust 30, 2013
    It was interesting photographs and art pictures.
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MueryApril 11, 2015
    I absolutely love the art here!
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChovanecDecember 28, 2011
    A hidden treasure among DC museums.
  • Heather Rome D.
    Great place to see great things.
  • Emily T.
    Emily ThomasMay 22, 2012
    Art of video game exhibit is a must see!
  • Holli G.
    Holli GarzaSeptember 3, 2012
    Bring $5 cash for the Artomatic! 3rd floor.
  • Germán S.
    Germán SanchezNovember 28, 2015
    It's great that no ticket is necessary
  • Zara K.
    Zara KhanAugust 21, 2014
    Fantastic collection!
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 19, 2011
    Gilbert Stuart's stern presidential portraits are incredible.
  • Kim H.
    Kim HébertMarch 21, 2012
    The Art of Video Games -- March 16, 2012 - September 30, 2012
  • Apurva S.
    Apurva SisodiaJanuary 10, 2011
    The new atrium is amazing!
  • Kat L.
    Kat LiuMarch 6, 2010
    On the 1st floor, find "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly" and be awestruck Read more
  • Sheila T.
    Sheila TNovember 20, 2010
    Enjoy the Elvis Presley exhibit on the second floor.
  • Chad R.
    Chad RJune 17, 2011
    Don't call it a comeback! LL Cool J exhibit.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SpencerMarch 18, 2012
    Check out the art of video gaming.
  • Kathleen W.
    Kathleen WalpoleAugust 20, 2011
    Stop in and view the Presidential Portraits.
  • Danielle T.
    Danielle TergisFebruary 9, 2012
    A Mark Frieden birthday tradition continues.....
  • Dominique M.
    Dominique MedinaDecember 16, 2013
    Start on the 3rd floor
  • Mark N.
    Mark NappiFebruary 20, 2011
    Nam June Paik!!!!! 2 of his installations are located here!
  • Sanket G.
    Sanket GohilJune 12, 2012
    Food is so expensive. Also not much options to have :(
  • Cita C.
    Cita ConnzApril 29, 2012
    super expensive food!
  • jose ignacio C.
    jose ignacio CabezasSeptember 19, 2015
    Me ha gustado más el relato del arte americano que el ala de retratos de personajes americanos. En todo caso merece la pena verlo
    Gamescollection.itJuly 7, 2012
    Dal 6 Marzo 2012 al 30 Settembre 2012 è allestita l'esposizione "The Art Of Videogames", una speciale mostra che illustra i videogiochi come forma d'arte, partendo dagli albori fino ai tempi moderni.
  • @Bader3sm A.
    @Bader3sm AlOsaimiApril 12, 2016
    متحف رائع جدًا
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BernerJanuary 16
    Excellent collection!
  • Philippe S.
    Philippe SteinierAugust 6, 2013
    La partie "art ancien" est une de mes préférées
  • Karina R.
    Karina RodriguezOctober 23, 2014
    Increíbles obras de arte
  • Saquian
    SaquianAugust 25, 2015
    Excelente lugar
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