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.

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.


Exhibitions at SAAM

  • 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.

  • Experience America

    On View Indefinitely

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

    The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America. Through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the federal government paid them to paint and sculpt and urged them to look to the nation’s land and people for subjects.

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.  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. More information on accessibility at the museums

Telephone Numbers

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