Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, D.C., United States

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art, from the colonial period to the present, made in the United States. The museum has more than 7,000 artists represented in the collection, which contains the largest collection of New Deal art; a collection of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age; photography, modern folk art, works by African American and Latino artists, images of western expansion, and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century. Most exhibitions take place in the museum's main building, the old Patent Office Building (shared with the National Portrait Gallery), while craft-focused exhibitions are shown in the museum's Renwick Gallery.

The main building, the Old Patent Office Building, is a National Historic Landmark and is considered an example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. It was designed by architects Robert Mills and Thomas U. Walter.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum has a broad variety of American art, with more than 7,000 artists represented, that covers all regions and art movements found in the United States. Among the significant artists represented in its collection are Nam June Paik, Jenny Holzer, David Hockney, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Albert Bierstadt, Edmonia Lewis, Thomas Moran, James Gill, Edward Hopper, John William 'Uncle Jack' Dey, Karen LaMonte and Winslow Homer.

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Founded: 1829
Category: Museums in United States

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Robert Alexander Boyle (5 months ago)
Giant collection of great American art in downtown DC. Admission is free Amazing barely suffices to describe what lays within
Ahmed Saeed (7 months ago)
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (commonly known as SAAM, and formerly the National Museum of American Art) is a museum in Washington, D.C., part of the Smithsonian Institution. Together with its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, SAAM holds one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art, from the colonial period to the present, made in the United States. The museum has more than 7,000 artists represented in the collection. Most exhibitions take place in the museum's main building, the old Patent Office Building (shared with the National Portrait Gallery), while craft-focused exhibitions are shown in the Renwick Gallery. The museum provides electronic resources to schools and the public through its national education program. It maintains seven online research databases with more than 500,000 records, including the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture that document more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide. Since 1951, the museum has maintained a traveling exhibition program; as of 2013, more than 2.5 million visitors have seen the exhibitions.
Eric Hertting (7 months ago)
These people are incompetent. They issued timed entry tickets for November 11 and then closed the musuem without notice so many people showed up in pouring rain only to find out they wasted $10 on Metro or $25 on parking for nothing. Since all timed entry tickets were booked online it should have been a simple matter to notify the people but they could not be bothered. No information provided at the door either, just a surly guard shooing people away every so often. STAY AWAY. Ther are many other things to do in this scity and some of them might be well run.
Tristan Lanza (7 months ago)
My eyes have been blessed with the pleasure of a thousand little fairy kisses. Thank the Lord baby Jesus for the beautiful I have just consumed via my optical spheres.
Chris Powers (8 months ago)
Staff engagement best, and very nice lots of restrooms. The others didn't have enough. So big the place was amazing
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