The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American art in the world
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 si.edu/visit. 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