Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum    

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is America's first federal art collection, dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of American art.

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Jan 4, 2024
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) are both housed in the old Patent Office building. In SAAM, there were many interesting exhibits, both permanent an… Full review by Robert D
Nov 18, 2023
American art is as diverse as the huge and varied land and history it comes from, and this museum really helps give the visitor a taste of that breadth. Certainly not everything will be to everyone's… Full review by montanapescado
Nov 12, 2023
My husband and I went to the combined American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery while in Washington, DC on a Saturday afternoon. There was a lot of interesting artwork, though, also some that mad… Full review by The_Wanderer1992
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Established:1829

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How long would it take to visit here and the portrait gallery
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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 …
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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 Portrait Gallery.
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What is a good amount of time to budget for a family with mature children?
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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 …
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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 the side that used to the US Patent and Trademark Office. It's so quiet up there and the photographs and art are fantastic. You almost have the place to yourself, which is rare in a DC museum.
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I am in Washington in late September and want to see historical quilts, is his the museum I see them? How many are on …
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I am in Washington in late September and want to see historical quilts, is his the museum I see them? How many are on view, seems wen I look at websites they always say "not on view"
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If it is the National Quilt Collection you are interested in seeing, it is part of the division of Home and Community Life's Textile Collection, and it is on display at the National Museum of …
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If it is the National Quilt Collection you are interested in seeing, it is part of the division of Home and Community Life's Textile Collection, and it is on display at the National Museum of American History (Constitution Ave. bet. 12-14th streets). There are a lot of Smithsonians, so sometimes hard to figure out what's where! Have a good visit!
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