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Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

The museum has been a leader in identifying and collecting significant aspects of American visual culture, including photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art, and video games. The museum has the largest collection of New Deal art and exceptional collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. In recent years, the museum has focused on strengthening its contemporary art collection, and in particular media arts, through acquisitions, awards, curatorial appointments, endowments, and by commissioning new artworks.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has reopened with new health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors must reserve timed-entry passes in advance, and masks are required while at the museum. Passes can be reserved online at Each visitor must have a pass, regardless of age. The museum’s store and its café remain closed at this time. All visitors must enter at Eighth and G streets NW

Largest Meeting Room Details
Capacity, Banquet-style: 850
Capacity, Theatre-style: 346
Meeting Space Details
Inside Reception Capacity: 3000
Facility Amenities
ADA Compliant, Free Admission, Guided tours available, Private Tour
Rate Type
Attraction Rates
Length of Tour
1-2 Hours
Metro Station
Gallery Pl-Chinatown
8th & G St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Penn Quarter/Chinatown

(202) 633-8534 / (202) 633-8535 fax