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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Address: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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11:30 - 19:00
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that owns more than 40,000 works...

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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See all the President's and then a lot more.

Amazing Museum full of great American Art. The National Gallery, which is close by has international art, but the Porturate Ann the American Art Museum is realy excellent.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Amazing Museum full of great American Art. The National Gallery, which is close by has international art, but the Porturate Ann the American Art Museum is realy excellent.

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Fort Lauderdale, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been there many times and always see something new. You never stop learning there. Everyone of all ages will find something that interests them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was open until 7pm today so we had an early dinner and squeezed in one this last museum. While my 5 year old was bored at the adjacent portrait gallery, she perked up here. It has some eye-popping pieces of art. Since the scavenger hunt wasn't available for the kids, we made up our own using the art... More 

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Pacifica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see. I really enjoyed my visit here, I was impressed by how much was on display, definitely worth a visit to this art museum if you are in the area

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Smithsonian does not get as much attention as the others on the National Mall but our family loved it. The Presidential portrait gallery is one of the best historical exhibits I've seen in DC. Located across from the Spy Museum and Verizon Center with many restaurants in the area. I will hopefully visit many more times.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful architecture and art. A wide range of things to see. I would go there just to hang out in that amazing courtyard.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

SAAM might appear be a little brother in the shadow of the long parade of museums in DC, but it is definitely not to be missed. Great American art, paintings, interesting portraits, sculptures. A very nice indoor court yard to relax in. Do yourself a favor and allocate some time for this museum. Relax and enjoy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are displays to please everyone here. Photos, videos (weird), paintings, sculptures, and portraits fill the 3-story building which began as the U.S. Patent Office in the 1800s. The building architecture is beautiful. Stairs and elevators accommodate all types of visitors. Admittedly, some of the exhibits were not my cup of tea (like a movie of a man just laying... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much to see! The building houses both this museum and the portrait museum. While I didn't see a lot of artists names that I recognized, there were a wide variety of styles and mediums represented. Something for everyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The American Art Museum is in the same building as the National Portrait Gallery. It's very easy to cross from one into the other, both are wonderful to walk thru. I really enjoyed the contrast between the more conservative Portrait Gallery and the more contemporary Art Museum. The building itself is beautiful and worth a look as well. Both museums... More 

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