Where Will American Art Take You?
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.
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.
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Featured Online Program
Join SAAM and the National Postal Museum for a crafting happy hour. Grab your favorite drink and learn about printing mistakes on U.S. postage and what makes these faulty stamps so prized. Then enjoy a step-by-step crafting tutorial on how to make stamps out of household materials. Register now for Thursday, September 23, at 7 p.m. ET
From the Director
Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, looks at artworks in the collection by Asian American artists, and contemplates how art can be a reflection of our current moment as well as give us the opportunity heal and unite.
Welcome Home, A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980 presents one of the documentary photography surveys funded by the National Endowment for the Art to celebrate the bicentennial of the country’s founding in 1976. 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 and captures a visual record of a changing nation. Exhibition Now Open
Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists
Drawn to Art is a comic series that illuminates the stories of ten women artists whose artwork is represented in the SAAM's collection, some of whom may not have received the attention they deserved in their lifetimes.
When contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas was in art school, she couldn’t afford traditional materials and gravitated towards craft stores and the glitter and rhinestones within. Her paintings speak to female empowerment and of women of color owning and defining their own spaces.
Alma Thomas became the first woman to graduate from the art department at Howard University, as well as one of the first Black women to receive a degree in art. Her exuberant, colorful paintings explore the natural world around us, from garden to galaxy.
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Take a trip across the U.S.A. with Nam June Paik's "Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995." Learn more about this iconic artwork that was a gift from the artist to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Saisha Grayson, SAAM’s curator of time-based media, shares insights about Paik's life and the personal associations that, along with popular culture references, inform the media clips the artist included within this monumental map of the United States. Grayson also discusses the installation’s complexity and continued relevance today.
This video is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's ongoing series "American Art Moments." Join a SAAM expert and go beyond the artwork label to discover the untold stories and rich connections represented in some of the museum's most iconic artworks.
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