Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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  • Every time I go I find something new that I have not seen on prior visits. Free maps are available. Staff is helpful. Some of the room guards actually know a lot about the art and share information.....  more »
  • loved this museum! it is well worth the time, especially since it is free! the art is beautiful and there is plenty to see  more »
  • I’m not that into art, but the Smithsonian American Art Museum it’s definitely worth it! There are a lot of pieces that really caught my attention. The building looks so elegant, classy and very well maintained. The staff is super friendly. The coffee/garden area it’s absolutely breathtaking! Lovely place.
  • The art museum was pretty awesome. I'm not that into art, but there were definitely some pieces in there that really caught my attention and wowed me. There are a few areas that allow you to interact and kind of make your own art, which I thought was cool. It's a large exhibit, so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to be able to see it all!

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