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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  • I wasn't wild for the temporary exhibits, but I love their permanent collection! It's like visiting old friends; you might repeat previous conversations, but in a way that reminds you how much... 
    I wasn't wild for the temporary exhibits, but I love their permanent collection! It's like visiting old friends; you might repeat previous conversations, but in a way that reminds you how much...  more »
  • Lots of different types of art even some I wonder how it got included. The presidential portraits were great. Some of the sculptures were inspirational. Some of the landscape paintings looked like... 
    Lots of different types of art even some I wonder how it got included. The presidential portraits were great. Some of the sculptures were inspirational. Some of the landscape paintings looked like...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic art museum, and I’m confused why there are three dollar ($$$) signs next to this museum because admission is free and you don’t need any sort of ticket. There are a ton of different exhibits for all ages and people. The museum is well decorated, staffed, and clean. I didn’t get the opportunity to see the third floor because this place is HUGE, so I’ll be back. I would 100% recommend visiting this museum!
  • The Venetian glass exhibit was very interesting. It's amazing what the artists were able to accomplish without the advantage of modern technology. I never realized that almost every glass bead that was used as trade goods, during the early days of exploration, originated there. A visit to the miniature museum on the third floor (?) is a must-see!

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