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We are pleased to welcome you back to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery with safety measures in place

Thank you for your continued support while we were closed, and as we gradually reopen. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries. Stay safe and enjoy your visit.

Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting

We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries. To keep us all safe, we ask that visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit. 

New Schedule

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We are open Wednesday through Sunday. SAAM – 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renwick Gallery – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

Face Coverings

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All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

SAAM Arcade is back! Join us for a celebration of innovation and creativity in gaming, focused on Building Community, Embracing Individuality. Enjoy a new program format with two virtual components. From Monday, August 2 to Saturday, August 7, get creative during our Game Jam and build your own video or tabletop game. Then, on Sunday, August 8, start playing the games created during the jam. Learn more about SAAM Arcade 2021 now!

From the Director

Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, welcomes visitors back to the museum and looks at artworks on view by Asian American artists in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now presents, for the first time, historical civil rights-era prints by Chicano artists alongside works by graphic artists working from the 1980s to today. Exhibition Now Open

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New Acquisitions

Discover artworks recently added to the collection in New Acquisitions.

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Exhibitions Online

Browse exhibitions online, including artwork galleries, and artist and curator interviews.

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Explore the Collection

Celebrate the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.

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In 1976, to celebrate the bicentennial of the country’s founding, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) launched a multi-year program of photography surveys in communities across the United States to capture a visual record of a changing nation. The East Baltimore Survey was unique for having been conceived, led and carried out by women photographers—Elinor Cahn, Joan Clark Netherwood and Linda Rich. To capture the neighborhood of East Baltimore, the photographers became a part of the community themselves, photographing a cross-section of its residences and businesses as they were welcomed into the homes and private lives of members of the neighborhood. The survey documented the tension between ethnicity and Americanness and was a recognition of residents’ fight for their community’s survival, insisting on basic social services and defending against efforts to divide it politically or economically. Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980 is the first presentation of these photographs.

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For Educators

Local and national programs for teachers, students, and adult learners offer year-long professional opportunities for growth, learning, and professional development.

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Visit Us From Home

Immerse yourself in Google Street View’s 360° museum images from anywhere.

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Immersive Experiences

SAAM’s virtual reality museum apps present a selection of unique and immersive experiences.

For mobile
Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

For VR headsets
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
SAAM Beyond the Walls

Museum from Home: Crafting Edition

Enjoy the latest step-by-step guide to at-home crafting with SAAM’s craft master, and check out our video library of crafting projects from past Handi-hour events.

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