Electronic Superhighway

Experience American Art From Home

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery’s buildings may be temporarily closed, but the museum is always open online

What digital offerings would you like to see more of? Share your ideas at @AmericanArt on social media or contact us via email.

SAAM’s Re:Frame video series explores American art’s many meanings and connections with experts across the Smithsonian.

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic achievements of Native women.

Artists, scholars, and collectors convene a panel discussion highlighting important works by African American artists in the collection.

Exhibitions and Collections

Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences

Visit via Google Street View

More Contemporary Artist Interviews on YouTube

Watch more from our Meet the Artist video series

Latest Blog Post

We’ve Got Your Back...Pack

How is SAAM is helping students stay creative when they can’t visit the museum? With our team of museum educators working from home, we’ve been able to come up with some terrific creative ways to keep students engaged in artistic activities. Here’s a great example: last week, we delivered 160 backpacks full of art supplies to two DC Public Schools in Wards 1 and 8. Each backpack contained multicolored construction paper, a pad of drawing paper, the classic box of 64 Crayola crayons, markers, colored pencils, and postcards of artworks from SAAM’s collection.

For K-12 Teachers

Classroom Videoconferences

Explore U.S. history and culture through a free interactive videoconference. Museum presenters create connections between American art and your curriculum, engaging students and lifelong learners at schools, libraries, and senior centers throughout North America. Artful Connections programs promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication via discussion.

Teacher Guides and Resources

Teacher Guides are listed with corresponding standards and grade levels; most are in PDF format. Student worksheets and other printable resources are also available.

Additional Educational Opportunities

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

Browse Art

El Chandelier

functional metal and glass chandelier with plastic toys and figurines, glass crystals, and other objects