Museums
Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
The nation’s first collection of American art, an unparalleled record of the American experience.
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Renwick Gallery Stairwwell
Renwick Gallery
Open daily, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Located just feet from the White House, a branch of the museum that is home the nation's collection of contemporary craft and decorative art.
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A painting of an eye seen in the reflection of a mirror
How Do I Research My Art?
Want to learn more about the painting you found while clearing out the attic? For answers, be prepared for a little detective work.
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A conservator examines a work of artwork on a drafting table
How to Care for Your Collections
Regardless of the monetary value of your artwork, if it is personally meaningful, you should consider having the object conserved.
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A black and white photograph of a two story home, a person is seen waving an American flag from the window
Recording a Changing Nation
This resource uses images from photographic surveys in 55 communities in 30 states across the United States as source documents to spark sustained inquiry.
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A colorful marble orb
Critical Thinking in Action
These 60-to-95-minute units pair thinking patterns with works of art to instill a thinking disposition transferable across classroom curriculum and into the wider world.
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Detail of brown ceramic jar with writing and the signature "Dave" inscribed around the top.
David “Dave” Drake: Potter and Poet
Craftsman David “Dave” Drake, enslaved for most of his life, produced uncommonly large ceramic jars in 19th-century South Carolina adorned by his poetic verses
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Four people sit around a table playing a game with large cards. The cards have images of artworks on them.
Museum In My Pocket: An Off-the-Wall Art Game
SAAM educators highlight the collection with a new art-based card game
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