Visit the Museums

Two historic locations

The Smithsonian American Art Museum shares its collections, programs, and exhibitions in two locations in Washington, DC. SAAM’s main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district, while its recently renovated branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative art, the Renwick Gallery, is located nine blocks west, near the White House. 

 

SAAM Building exterior

SAAM

Temporarily closed

Free Admission

American art museum featuring works from the colonial era to the present

8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 

More on Visiting SAAM

Renwick Gallery Exterior

Temporarily closed

Free Admission

Branch museum featuring contemporary craft and decorative arts

Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

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Featured Exhibitions

FAQ

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

Yes, visitors ages six and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. Face coverings are also strongly recommended for visitors between the ages of two and six. Face shields or any kind of face covering or mask with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.

Yes. Admission to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery is free.

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

No. Staff will not be taking guests’ temperatures at this time. If you feel unwell, please stay home.
 

Yes. We’ve made some changes inside the museum to allow staff, volunteers and guests to appropriately social distance. You'll see signs throughout the museum to help you follow these guidelines. We’ve also limited the number of guests that can be in the museum at one time. 

The bathrooms and high-touch areas, such as doors, will be cleaned more frequently throughout each day.

Bathrooms are open throughout the museum for you to wash your hands. Sanitizing stations are strategically placed throughout the museum at frequently touched areas. We also encourage guests to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal use throughout the museum.