Where Will American Art Take You?
We are pleased to welcome you to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
Thank you for your continued support as we gradually reopen. We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries and hope you enjoy your visit!
Know Before You Go: What's New
Please review the recent changes below as you plan your visit.
SAAM is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Renwick Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Masks are not required when visiting Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit.
Summer is in full swing both outdoors and inside the Renwick Gallery at Handi-hour, DC's original crafting happy hour. Cool off with local craft cider while you create a custom planter out of air-dry clay. Thursday, July 21, 5:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available starting July 7. Learn more about Handi-hour.
From the Director
Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, discusses the 50th anniversary of the museum’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft and the Renwick's new exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Read more.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases American craft like never before! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of SAAM’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft with a stunning exhibition that activates both floors of gallery space. Highlighting more than 170 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, many never before seen at the Renwick, these artworks push the boundaries of what we interpret the handmade to be in the 21st century. Now on view.
The daughter of a Haitian father and an Ojibwe mother Lewis overcame many obstacles before finding success as a sculptor in Rome, where her fame brought countless visitors to her studio.
Born in Berlin, Albers studied at the prestigious Bauhaus, the innovative school of art and design. There, she discovered weaving and began to incorporate her own ideas using unexpected materials such as yarn, cellophane, and metallic thread. Her life changed when she moved to America to flee Nazi persecution.
Kay Sekimachi and her family were forced into a Japanese incarceration camp during WWII. There, she spent her time making art. After the war, she discovered weaving and her mastery of techniques earned her the sobriquet “the Weaver’s Weaver.”
How do you mark the 50th anniversary of the nation's premier museum dedicated to American craft? Join Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, curators Nora Atkinson and Mary Savig, and six artists whose work is in the museum's collection—Katie Hudnall, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Chawne Kimber, Karen LaMonte, Steven Young Lee, and Consuelo Jiménez Underwood—as they reflect on the past, present, and future of SAAM's Renwick Gallery.
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