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.

Open 364 days a year; closed December 25

Free Admission

8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 


Planning Your Visit

If time is limited, stop by the Information Desk for a self-guided tour brochure, Ten Highlights. You may wish to visit the innovative Luce Foundation Center for American Art, or take advantage of one of the daily tours.

At SAAM, ramps are located on both sides of the 8th and G Streets NW entrance.

Exhibitions at SAAM

  • Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

    March 16, 2018 – August 5, 2018

    Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

    Do Ho Suh’s immersive architectural installations—unexpectedly crafted with ethereal fabric—explore the global nature of contemporary identity as well as memory, migration, and our ideas of home.

  • Direct Carving

    On View Indefinitely

    Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

    Spontaneous! Truthful! Liberating! Direct carvers often used such words to describe their unconventional method of sculpting, in which an artist works directly on a piece of stone or wood as opposed to with a model, cast, or preconceived design.

Visiting with Young Children

For activities for all ages, see Family Activities. There are elevators and ramps throughout the museum to accomodate 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.


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