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Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works depicting the history of art in the United States.
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

I only visited the west building as the east building was under construction and had limited exhibits. This review is for the west building. The building is grand and lovely. But the galleries are arranged in such a confusing manner. I kept getting lost and...More

Thank Harpskii
Reviewed 26 April 2016

My second favorite of the Smithsonians we saw. It's huge! We walked around for 2 hours and only saw half of it. I regret not being able to see it all, plan 3-4 hours if you want to make it through each room and see...More

Thank Gareth P
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The atrium of this museum is one of the best kept secrets of DC. Really gorgeous architecture. I would routinely bring visitors here.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Located off of the National Mall, this museum is a bit off the main tourist tsunami, which is a shame for the folks who miss it but a boon to those who seek it out. My favorite DC museums, this and its adjacent twin, the...More

Thank erweiss
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Lots of art. It's pretty arty. I like it. I like art. It makes me happy. It does. I like going there. It's awesome. Good stuff.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Totally recommend visiting if you are looking for American art you will find 19th, 20th century as well as modern art. They also have crafts, sculpture and photography.

Thank Cynthiadlgh
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Pros: -amazing and diverse collection of historical items. -good variety, something for everyone -very nice gifts shops -Clean Cons: -Hard to find your way around, staff not all that helpful -Expensive cafeteria Be aware: tight security. My husband had to part with his pocket knife....More

Thank Bluebygrace
Reviewed 10 April 2016

My husband and I spent 4 hours here and could have easily spent the whole day! So much history to see! We especially loved the area on coins and money and the advancement of transportation through the centuries. Well done Smithsonian!

Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 7 April 2016

A fantastic collection of different types of art...national portraits, rotating art, and such beautiful display. Each room is painted to reflect nicely on the selected art (paintings, statuary, modern techy pieces, furniture, etc.) and each item is beautifully displayed. This museum is free and welcomes...More

Thank ZJC10
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Love this museum more each time I go. Such diversity...there's something for every taste. My boys loved the current sports-themed collection on the 3rd floor. If I had known they had a yoga class in the evening, I would have joined in. What a great...More

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Response from johnny_simpatico | Reviewed this property |
One could spend hours there. My limit for any museum is about 90 minutes. This museum is centrally located downtown and it's free to enter. I would recommend one visit to the American Art side and second visit to the... More
Wilson K
1 March 2017|
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Response from SKL2010 | Reviewed this property |
2 hours on one side (the Am Art Museum), break for lunch in the courtyard or at one of the places nearby, and then 2 hours on the other side (Nat'l. Portrait Gallery). Highly recommend going up to the top floor gallery of... More
Alan B
24 August 2016|
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Response from Wendy A | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember seeing them when I was there. They may have been on display but I didn't see them. Sorry.