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American Art Museum / Renwick Gallery

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Do you want to see real photos of the American civil war? Do you want to witness all the movements, schools and trends in American art under one roof? Then, American art museum is the right place for you.

Located at 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, the museum is a part of the Smithsonian Institute and is the first collection of American arts of all times. The museum has the largest collection of art works from more than 7000 artists. Some notable names are Gilbert Stuart, John Singletin Coplet, Edward Hopper, Jenny Holzer and Roy Lichtenstein amongst others.

The museum focuses on all aspects of American visual arts and features classical as well as contemporary art. The museum boasts of two innovative public spaces which have helped revolutionize art and studies in the field. The Luce Foundation Center exhibits more than 3300 artworks while the Lunder Conservation Center works towards the preservation and conservation of art.

The museum offers free admission to all and remains open every day from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm, excepting December 25. You may also want to visit the Renwick Gallery located on the 17th Street, which works as an extension to the museum.

Super HighwayThe museum offers daily docent led tours and weekly tours to the Luce Foundation Center and Lunder Conservation Center. Collection highlight tours and special exhibition tours are also available here. The museum features many temporary and permanent collections including those from Georgia O'Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Bierstadt, John Singer Sargent and John La Farge. The museum also has a ‘Save Outdoor Sculpture!’ project along with a ‘Film and Media Art Initiative’ to appreciate other forms of visual arts.

The American Art Museum offers a lot to the visitors. There is a dedicated Gallery Place-Chinatown metro stop, museum café, gift shop, the awesome cultural neighborhood and the restaurants that surround the museum. The building and the courtyard roof are a masterpiece in their own right. Even if you are not an art lover, one visit to this museum will surely transform your tastes. The galleries are full of beautiful works of art spanning three centuries and will certainly leave you in awe.


Hours/Tours: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm daily. Closed December 25
Address/Map:  8th and F NW Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Website: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Admission: Free

Renwick Gallery

Hours/Tours: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily. Closed December 25
Address/Map:  1661 Pennsylvania Ave N.W. (at 17th St) Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Website: Plan Your Visit to Renwick Gallery
Admission: Free