Washington D.C.

United States

750 Ninth Street N.W.

Phone: (202) 633-7970
Website: http://americanart.si.edu

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), and Renwick Gallery is America's first federal art collection, dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of American art. The museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of our country's artists, whose works are windows on the American experience.

The National Historic Landmark building that houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery is a dazzling showcase for American art and portraiture that celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans. The museums are the centerpiece of a revitalized downtown Washington, D.C. with a shared main entrance at 8th and F Streets, on the south side of the building.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery collects, exhibits, studies, and preserves American crafts and decorative arts from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Housed in a historic architectural landmark across the street from the White House, the Renwick features one-of-a-kind pieces created from clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is dedicated exclusively to the art and artists of the United States. All regions, cultures, and traditions are represented in the museum's collections, research resources, exhibitions, and public programs. The collection features colonial portraits, nineteenth-century landscapes, American impressionism, twentieth-century realism and abstraction, New Deal projects, sculpture, photography, prints and drawings, contemporary crafts and decorative arts, African American art, Latino art, and folk art.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the first federal art collection, begun in 1829 with gifts from private collections and art organizations established in the nation's capital before the founding of the Smithsonian in 1846. The museum has grown steadily to become a center for the study, enjoyment, and preservation of America's cultural heritage. Today it houses the world's most important American art collection, with artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum is now open! Its glorious historic main building in the heart of Washington's downtown cultural district is a dazzling showcase for American art. Special exhibitions are in galleries at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, located at Eighth and F Streets N.W., unless otherwise noted. Exhibitions of contemporary craft and decorative arts are ongoing at the museum's branch, the Renwick Gallery.

For current exhibitions listings please see, http://americanart.si.edu/collections/exhibitions.cfml

Forthcoming exhibitions

For information on upcoming exhibitions please see, http://americanart.si.edu/collections/exhibitions.cfml#upcoming

Opening hours

The Smithsonian Art Museum is
open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (except December 25).

The Renwick is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily (except December 25).

Getting there

The museum, now part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center, presents an exciting array of special exhibitions and free public programs. It is located above the Gallery Place Metro station at 8th and F Streets N.W. in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s vibrant new downtown.

The museum's Renwick Gallery is located near the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.

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The education office is a major art education resource serving both a local constituency and the nation. Our goals and activities include the following:

Extending programs to reach nationwide, disseminating information through the most advanced technology

Serving as audience advocate, actively formulating policies, programs, and practices that enhance the visitor experience

Making the museum accessible to people of all ages and conditions, ethnic and racial backgrounds, economic status, and education

Creating visual arts education programs, both formal and informal, to serve the country's diverse society

Promoting the visual arts as an integral component of educational experience across the curriculum, especially in history, social studies, and literature

Investigating and experimenting with new approaches to museum learning to increase the enjoyment, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the museum's collections

For further information about the Education Office, contact Susan Nichols at NicholsS@si.edu.