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.

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

  • Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

    February 16–April 28, 2019

    Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)
    Orchids: Amazing Adaptations is a joint collaboration with SAAM, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, this installation fills the museums’ courtyard with hundreds of orchids of stunning variety.
  • Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

    September 28, 2018 – April 7, 2019

    Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)
    Bill Traylor is regarded today as one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. His drawn and painted imagery embodies the crossroads of multiple worlds: black and white, rural and urban, old and new. His life—which spanned slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Great Migration and foreshadowed the era of Civil Rights—offers a rare perspective to the larger story of America.
  • 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