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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art Museum and Art Gallery · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown
800 G St. NW (8th and F Streets, NW), Washington, D.C. 20001, United States
Hours:
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–7:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Free
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Artworks—including paintings, sculpture, photographs, folk art, and decorative arts from the colonial period to today—offer an unparalleled record of the American experience.

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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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  • Anne H.

    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.

    Anne Henochowicz · 1 week ago
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  • Wrigley F.

    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.

    Wrigley Fielder · December 21, 2015
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  • Dave H.

    Every few months you get a new featured exhibit so it will often have something new to see. Good for having quiet conversation.

    Dave Hamelink · December 19, 2015
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  • Germán S.

    It's great that no ticket is necessary

    Germán Sanchez · November 28, 2015
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  • Kelly O.

    Always free, always a good time. Love all the Smithsonians.

    Kelly O · November 12, 2015
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  • Bruna S.

    I thought it was bigger, but I loved the building and the Civil War collection. Good memories in the heart of Chinatown.

    Bruna Sommer · July 16, 2015
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  • Island Bruin

    Folk art is good. But the collection in general is a hodge-podge. There is better American Art at the National Gallery.

    Island Bruin · July 7, 2015
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  • Mark B.

    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!

    Mark B · June 29, 2015
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  • Erik B.

    The contemporary exhibition is not big but great

    Erik Brok · April 27, 2015
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  • stepher

    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.

    stepher · April 21, 2015
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  • Hannah M.

    I absolutely love the art here!

    Hannah Muery · April 11, 2015
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  • Norie W.

    A hidden gem. Very gorgeous with a cool modern art section.

    Norie Wright · March 7, 2015
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  • Steven A.

    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.

    Steven Androphy · February 8, 2015
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  • Fairuz M.

    My favorite museum in DC. The national portrait gallery offers a lot of interesting modern art exhibits and a courtyard with gorgeous architecture.

    Fairuz Maggio · January 17, 2015
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  • Alex D.

    One of the lesser Smithsonians - National Gallery of Art is way better.

    Alex Dobyan · December 18, 2014
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  • Morgan T.

    One of my favorite museums. This place it literally attached to the Portrait Gallery. Check out the Kogod courtyard.

    Morgan Thomas · November 11, 2014
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  • Sandra R.

    Art 🎨 meets history ⌛️ in this mammoth museum.

    Sandra Rubinchik · November 7, 2014
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  • Katherine W.

    Love the paintings by Edward Hopper.

    Katherine Wooten · September 16, 2014
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  • Robert P.

    For me, the best part was the peek at how the conservation and restoration of some pieces of art works. Fascinating!

    Robert Packard · August 29, 2014
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  • Zara K.

    Fantastic collection!

    Zara Khan · August 21, 2014
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  • Dirty B.

    Great art and it's always quiet

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
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  • Jojo A.

    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

    Jojo A · June 13, 2014
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  • Sabrina S.

    Beautiful landscapes, folk art. Plus it closes at 7pm.

    Sabrina S · March 23, 2014
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  • Alvaro R.

    Start by going to the third floor, that's the spot for all Modern Art

    Alvaro Raba · March 7, 2014
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  • Jonathon C.

    "Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier."

    Jonathon Colman · February 27, 2014
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  • Dominique M.

    Start on the 3rd floor

    Dominique Medina · December 16, 2013
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  • Michael G.

    Amazing museum. As good as, maybe better, than the National Gallery.

    Michael Gizzi · November 17, 2013
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  • Nadia A.

    It was interesting photographs and art pictures.

    Nadia Abouraya · August 30, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Showcases some of the coolest modern art designs in the world.Collection highlights tours are held daily at 12:30pm and 2:00pm (except on the second Tuesday of each month and on federal holidays). Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 26, 2013
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  • Kaytie B.

    So much to look at. Be sure to set a day aside to see this wonderful museum.

    Kaytie Broadhurst · April 30, 2013
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  • Walburga A M.

    one of the best collections of museums worldwide - and always free -

    Walburga A Marder · February 19, 2013
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  • Brian B.

    The atrium is a wonderful place to take a break with an infant or really anyone.

    Brian B · January 27, 2013
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  • Nathan

    If you have trouble convincing your son to go to this museum, tell him it's actually the Boobies Museum.

    Nathan · January 16, 2013
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  • Travel + Leisure

    Chef José Andres tells us he comes for here for a little escape: walking through the vast halls always inspires him.

    Travel + Leisure · January 4, 2013
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  • Steve H.

    Impressive! Enjoyed the folk art. Looking forward to coming back to explore the other two floors!

    Steve Hummer · December 1, 2012
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  • Julie S.

    Be sure to walk between the buildings through the underground tunnel: great light installation, gelato and coffee bar, and fun museum shop!

    Julie Smith David · October 6, 2012
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  • Edgar

    Great gallery, fun to go if you like art, pictures and history. No as fun with children since reading and keeping quite is required.

    Edgar · September 5, 2012
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  • Holli G.

    Bring $5 cash for the Artomatic! 3rd floor.

    Holli Garza · September 3, 2012
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  • 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

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 13, 2012
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  • Lindsey R.

    The video game exhibit is underwhelming and small but all the rest of the museum is beautiful.

    Lindsey Rix · July 25, 2012
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  • Natalie

    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.

    Natalie · June 17, 2012
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  • Sanket G.

    Food is so expensive. Also not much options to have :(

    Sanket Gohil · June 12, 2012
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  • Smithsonian

    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

    Smithsonian · June 7, 2012
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  • Josh D.

    You have to check out "the art of video games"!

    Josh Dixon · May 28, 2012
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  • Will W.

    Check out the art of video games. Nice exhibit.

    Will Wooldridge · May 27, 2012
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  • Emily T.

    Art of video game exhibit is a must see!

    Emily Thomas · May 22, 2012
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  • Cita C.

    super expensive food!

    Cita Connz · April 29, 2012
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  • Mary R.

    Great the art of video game exhibit! Awesome photography exhibit as well.

    Mary Reynolds · April 7, 2012
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  • 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

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  • Kim H.

    The Art of Video Games -- March 16, 2012 - September 30, 2012

    Kim Hébert · March 21, 2012
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