Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum

This is an image inside the Lincoln Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Hours and Location

Open Daily 11:30 A.M.–7:00 P.M.

Holiday Hours: Closed December 25, open usual hours all other days

Free Admission

8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 

 

Planning Your Visit

SAAM is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station and is accessible from Green, Yellow, and Red metro lines. At SAAM, ramps are located on both sides of the 8th and G Streets NW entrance.

There is limited on-street parking at meters; several paid parking garages are available in the neighborhood.

Exhibitions at SAAM

Visiting with Young Children

For activities for all ages, see Family Activities. There are elevators and ramps throughout the museum to accommodate strollers.  Changing stations are available in all of the museum’s restrooms.

The museum café has a limited children’s menu. The museum store has a variety of educational toys, children’s books, and supplies for young artists.

Accessibility

Barrier-free access and restrooms are available at both buildings.  At SAAM, ramps are located on both sides of the 8th and G Streets NW entrance. Service animals are welcome. The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium contains wheelchair spaces available during performances and lectures, and the auditorium is equipped with an induction hearing loop and T-coil infrared assistive listening system. If you are using MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 800 G Street NW as the address for our building. More information on accessibility at the museums

Telephone Numbers

Museum Information (recorded): (202) 633-7970
General Smithsonian Visitor Information: (202) 633-1000

SAAM FAQ

The museum is open every day 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

SAAM is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Search the collection to see which artworks are currently on view.

SAAM is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station and is accessible from Green, Yellow, and Red Metro lines

SAAM is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station and is accessible from Green, Yellow, and Red Metro lines. The closest Metro stations to the Renwick Gallery are Farragut West (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and Farragut North (Red line).

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is free and open to the public 364 days a year. No reservations or tickets are required to visit the galleries, and free walk-in tours are offered daily. We recommend making a reservation in advance for a guided tour with a group.

Yes. Contact us to inquire about hosting your special event, wedding, birthday, or corporate party at SAAM.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is free and open to the public 364 days a year, closed December 25.

At SAAM free lockers are available in the lobbies for smaller items. We do not offer coat check.

Yes, although we have limitations to protect the artwork. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and large backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask visitors to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on the front.

At SAAM, two accessible ramps are located on Eighth and G Streets NW.

Accessible restrooms are located on all floors of SAAM.

SAAM is not located on the National Mall. It is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station and is accessible from Green, Yellow, and Red metro lines.

SAAM is a fifteen minute walk on 9th St. NW, directly north of the National Mall.

Exhibitions rotate regularly at SAAM and the Renwick Gallery. To check what’s currently on view, see current exhibitions.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery share a building but are two separate museums with separate collections and staff; both are part of the Smithsonian.

The Luce Foundation Center for American Art is located on the third floor mezzanine of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the first visible art storage and study center in Washington, D.C., and allows visitors to browse thousands of artworks from the collection.

The Lunder Conservation Center is located on the third floor mezzanine of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Shared with the National Portrait Gallery, it is the first art conservation facility to allow the public permanent behind-the-scenes views of the preservation work of museums.

There are no designated areas for breastfeeding at the museum. All mothers are welcome to breastfeed in any space that is open to the public.

Sketching is permitted only in permanent collection galleries and the Luce Foundation Center, not in special exhibitions. Please be extremely careful with your drawing tools; show respect for the artwork and your fellow visitors. Check our website before you visit for a list of permitted media.

You may bring your own food and drink to consume in the Kogod Courtyard. Food is also available for sale at the Courtyard Cafe. No smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in museum galleries. Catering is not permitted unless coordinated with SAAM Special Events staff or Restaurant Associates.