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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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  • Average5%
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8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right across the street from the Capital One Arena (formerly the Verizon Center) of F Street. And off the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station. Wonderful collection of American art complete with the Presidents of the US portraits collection on the 2nd floor. The 5th floor has...More

Thank PHLee7ca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Saturday after Thanksgiving. Amazing museum and not crowded. There is an enormous variety of art ranging from old oil portraits of the famous to contemporary sculpture of the anonymous. We definitely should have planned more time. Don’t miss this one!

1  Thank AJ C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good art museum worth seeing- we enjoyed are visit- free= it is in a quite beautiful building- very old and interesting

Thank motherJo
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Do not confuse the National Art Institute and this place. There is absolutely no comparison. Although the building is nestalgic, the art is lacking. With the handful of decent naturalistic paintings, the colors have faded so much they are yellowing. All around this was extremely...More

Thank D A
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

In DC on business. This is one of the few museums open later (7pm), so I went. Was so pleasantly surprised I had been to the National Gallery before and loved it, but enjoyed Smithsonian American even more. It wasn’t crowded A lot of great...More

1  Thank timatlga
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This exhibit was incredible! There was so much history to take on. We made it through the first two levels. Unfortunately we didn't get to see everything but what I did catch I took video & pics!

Thank ashsaidit
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I love coming here, as someone who loves art and history this place never gets old. It is never disappointing. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area as well :)

Thank Whitney W
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Well, not my cup of tea but others in my group were there for two hours. So, if you go with others and this is not your thing, there is an awesome little café to have a drink and bite to eat....and wait for others...More

Thank Sandy165111
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This impressive Museum shares a site with the excellent National Portrait Gallery - located at 7th and F Street, the Metro RED Line brings you to the Gallery Place / Chinatown stop, and you're almost at the Door. If you've decided to visit one of...More

1  Thank Gooner10_8
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We droppes by the museum since it opened until 7pm. Photography was encouraged and the museum houses a huge collection pf oil on canvas paintings and photographys. Some photos om war are hauntingly beautiful.

Thank Coldbean
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21 June 2017|
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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.