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. 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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  • The museum has 3 floors. We started from top floor to bottom. The exhibit of American actors and famous athletes was really good. My favourite was the exhibits and photos of the American presidents. T...  more »
  • This museum is a couple blocks away from the National Mall and near Metro stop/ Galleries/China Town. I visited 4:30-6:30pm. It is the only nearby museum open after 5:30 it seemed. Excellent visit and...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum. I was specially interested in contemporary art, which you can find more on the third floor. I spent about an hour at the museum before heading to the airport to catch a flight. It's free, close to the Metro station (literally next door), very convenient. Oh, I had to store my luggage myself in a room where people leave their luggage, and didn't get a receipt or anything. That was kind of scary. I took my passport with me just in case, but everything was fine though. Totally recommended.
  • Sooo much to see. Really a top tier museum and it’s free as usual in D.C. We went at an odd time but it was very uncrowded. It shares a common space with the National Portrait Gallery so you get a beautiful twofer.

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