Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Hours and Location

Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Free; Timed-Entry Passes Required

8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 

SAAM is located at 8th and G 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.

Planning your Visit

Your visit to SAAM will be different and new procedures are in place. To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and have implemented new safety measures in the museum. Timed-entry passes are now required to help us with crowd management and implement safe social distancing. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.  

New safety measures are in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers based on guidance from the CDC and local governments.

Visitors must enter the museum on the G Street side. This is an accessible entrance. The entrance at 8th and F Streets NW is closed temporarily.

The museum store and café are temporarily closed. Please check back for store updates or shop online. Seating and tables have been removed from the Kogod Courtyard and from the Luce Foundation Center to allow for safe social distancing. Bringing in outside food is not permitted. Closed water bottles are allowed in designated areas.

Visitors can acquire up to six timed-entry passes by reserving online or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1. Last admittance for timed-entry pass is 6 p.m.

Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting

Timed-Entry Passes

For your safety we're limiting the number of guests in the museums and utilizing timed-entry passes for our main building.

If Sick, Stay Home

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We’re asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home.

Face Coverings

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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. Face coverings may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.

Social Distancing

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Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. There will be social-distancing signage and directions throughout the museum.

Hygiene

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Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the museum.

Personal Belongings

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We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring to SAAM and the Renwick Gallery. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask you to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on your front, to protect the artworks. Please note that we do not offer coat check or bag storage at this time. Strollers are permitted in the galleries. 

Exhibitions at SAAM

Visiting with Young Children

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.

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.

Accessibility

An access ramp is located at the museum’s G Street entrance. All visitors will be directed to enter and exit through this entrance at 8th and G Streets NW. The museum’s F Street entrance is closed. If you are using MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 800 G Street NW as the address for our building. Barrier-free access and restrooms are available. View more information on accessibility at the museums.

Companions

A personal care attendant accompanying a visitor will also need a free timed-entry pass.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at Smithsonian museums. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Pets are not permitted.

Aira

SAAM is an Aira access site. Visitors who are blind or low-vision can download the Aira app free of charge onto a smart phone. The Aira app uses the phone’s camera to take in the user’s surroundings, and a live Aira agent will describe the environment, including reading of exhibition labels and instructions. This service is free of charge on the museum premises. Visit Aira Access.

Telephone Numbers

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

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread from person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission intensity, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Smithsonian, including instructions about wearing face coverings and social distancing. Despite these measures, the risk of contracting COVID-19 could increase by visiting the Smithsonian. By visiting the Smithsonian, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. 

The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operations, capacity, or visitor guidelines as circumstances require and to deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.

SAAM FAQ

Yes, we now require visitors to get free, timed-passes in advance to help us with crowd management and implement safe social distancing. All guests, regardless of age, are required to reserve an entry pass before visiting. The last timed-entry admittance is at 6 p.m. to ensure visitors have ample time in the galleries.

  • Visitors can acquire timed-entry passes by reserving online at si.edu/tickets or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1.
  • Visitors will be able to secure up to six (6) passes for personal use only.
  • For large families, multiple reservations for passes will be required.
  • Passes may not be sold or transferred.
  • Passes are valid only for the issued date and time and void if altered.
  • Visitors may choose to print timed-entry passes at home or show their timed-entry passes on their phone or other mobile device. Printed and digital passes will be scanned at the entrances of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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. 

SAAM is open Wednesday – Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Last admittance for timed-entry passes is 6 p.m.

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).

All on-site public tours and programs are currently suspended.

We are not currently offering in-person school tours, but we are able to provide interactive, free videoconference options for K-12 students.  
 

All of our teacher professional development programs are online for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

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

There is no coat check or bag storage at the museum and the small lockers in each lobby are not available at this time.   

We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask you to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on your front, to protect the artworks. Please note that we do not offer coat check or bag storage at this time. Strollers are permitted in the galleries. 

Yes, backpacks are permitted 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 of their bodies. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage.

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 not bring any outside food or drink to consume in the museum; the Courtyard Cafe is currently closed. No smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in museum galleries.

Yes, water bottles are allowed if closed. Water fountains are available as well.

Service animals are welcome. Please leave your pets at home.

Handheld photography and video for personal use is generally encouraged throughout the museum. Sometimes, photography of particular artworks may not be allowed in selected special exhibitions; please check the wall signage to confirm. No tripods, selfie sticks, or similar long tools are permitted in the galleries to protect the artworks.

Handheld photography and video for personal use is generally permitted throughout the museum. Sometimes, photography of particular artworks may not be allowed in selected special exhibitions; please check the wall signage to confirm. No tripods, selfie sticks, or similar long tools are permitted in the galleries to protect the artworks. Commercial or documentary filming requests must be submitted through the Smithsonian’s film request form.

Yes, you are welcome to bring your computer to the museum. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building, but seating and tables have been removed from the Kogod Courtyard and from the Luce Foundation Center to allow for safe social distancing.

Yes, strollers are permitted in the galleries. Occasionally, special exhibitions may limit stroller access during busy times.