Where Will American Art Take You?
We are pleased to welcome you to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
Thank you for your continued support as we gradually reopen. We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries and hope you enjoy your visit!
Know Before You Go: What's New
Please review the recent changes below as you plan your visit.
SAAM is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Renwick Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Masks are not required when visiting Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit.
In-Person Winter Holiday Family Day
Saturday, December 3, 11:30 a.m. − 3 p.m. ET
Celebrate the season with the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Kids will enjoy winter-themed crafting, face painting, and story time under the twinkle lights in the Kogod Courtyard. Get in the holiday spirit with a reading of The Nutcracker, groove to the beat of DJ Harry Hotter, and embark on a scavenger hunt in the galleries to find winter-themed artworks.
From the Director
Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, discusses SAAM’s new head curator, the latest Drawn to Art comics, and the family of collectors behind the exhibition We Are Made of Stories.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases American craft like never before! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of SAAM’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft with a stunning exhibition that activates both floors of gallery space. Highlighting more than 170 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, many never before seen at the Renwick, these artworks push the boundaries of what we interpret the handmade to be in the 21st century.
Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists
Discover more inspiring stories about trailblazing women artists in the 2022 edition of SAAM's online comic series Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists. This year we celebrate Judith Baca, Tiffany Chung, Sonya Clark, Sarah Goodridge, Ester Hernandez, Loïs Mailou Jones, Nellie Mae Rowe, Augusta Savage, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation) and Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee Nation).
Explore Marie Watt’s artistic journey through unconventional materials and textiles. In this video she discusses how her work Edson’s Flag honors veterans, her family, and her Native culture. Learn how her artistic focus turned to blankets, which she sees as humble and simple objects that are imprinted with the powerful stories of our lives. Watch SAAM's Meet the Artist video series.
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