Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Africancrab Africanc…
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The American Experience from Colonialism to Current Jul 11, 2012
We left the residence with the mind to meet friends at the International Spy Museum as originally planned. But it seems along the way the times changed. We arrived in Washington a little early because we wanted to go to the Portrait and American Art museums. We did not know at the time that the two museums are interconnected and are within the same structure.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has the very first collection of American art; a record of historical events from colonialism to current. The Museum is large, so plan to spend at least three or four hours to see everything. We spent 4 hours and only managed 2 floors of both museums.

This is a great place of inspiration to young artists struggling to make it on their own. I found I was inspired; I'm only an amateur photographer. The landscape art, the sculptures, mosaic, stain glass etc leave you speechless.

The Art of Video Games is the exhibition we wanted to see, but we never got to it. In a way I was glad because my husband and daughter are so much into video games, we would never have left.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Mark184 says:
Great Museum indeed, wish we had seen all of it.
Posted on: Jul 15, 2012
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American Art Museum May 04, 2011
Very cool if you are into seeing how people use to live. I loved the artifacts that they had. From old fashion vacuums to old cars, I really enjoyed this museum! They also had a section where they had dresses of the first ladies!!
Andy99 says:
Those items are not at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, they are at the National Museum of American History.
Posted on: Sep 03, 2012
Andy99 Andy99
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The Wide Range of American Art Dec 31, 2007
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) shares the same building with the National Portrait Gallery, the Greek Revival Old Patent Office . They represent two separate but complementary collections. As they are housed together, you often can't tell exactly which collection you are observing. (Though, if you are viewing a sculpture of Cleopatra, it's probably the American Art Museum.)

While the National Portrait Gallery focuses on depictions of real individuals, SAAM focuses on presenting all types of American art, including paintings, sculpture (particularly 19th Century sculpture), posters, folk art, modern art, and photographs. There are frequent special exhibits to focus on a particular theme of American art or artistic interpretation of a period in American history,

Personal photography is permitted except in special exhibits.
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Death of Cleopatra
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