SAAM and the Renwick Gallery are open on a temporary, modified schedule.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thurs–Sun 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Renwick Gallery
Thurs–Sun 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where Will American Art Take You?
WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM AND RENWICK GALLERY WITH SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE
Thank you for your continued support while we were closed, and as we gradually reopen. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries. Stay safe and enjoy your visit.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: GUIDELINES FOR VISITING
We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries. To keep us all safe, we ask that visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit. 
NEW SCHEDULE
Starting January 18, SAAM is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m, and the Renwick Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
FACE COVERINGS
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
FEATURED ONLINE PROGRAM
Ring in the Year of the Tiger! Let’s celebrate Lunar New Year online. Enjoy streamed video performances of dances, acrobatics, and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy. Then watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafting and Lunar New Year traditions, including the classic lion dance. Register now for Saturday, February 5, at 10 a.m. ET.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, talks about how a variety of voices are represented in SAAM’s collections, galleries, and programming to reflect the complexity of American stories. Read more! 
 
FEATURED EXHIBITION
Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano brings to life the Venetian glass revival of the late nineteenth century and the artistic experimentation the city inspired for visiting artists. Exhibition now open!
 
LATEST BLOG POST
DRAWN TO MICKALENE THOMAS
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
Howard on January 27, 2022
DRAWN TO ART: TEN TALES OF INSPIRING WOMEN ARTISTS
Drawn to Art is a comic series that illuminates the stories of ten women artists whose artwork is represented in the SAAM's collection, some of whom may not have received the attention they deserved in their lifetimes. 
  
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Illustrated by Rachel Bivens
BREAKING THE MARBLE CEILING: A COMIC ABOUT EDMONIA LEWIS
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.
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Illustrated by Shayna Cohen
PORTRAIT: A COMIC ABOUT MICKALENE THOMAS
When contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas was in art school, she couldn’t afford traditional materials and gravitated towards craft stores and the glitter and rhinestones within. Her paintings speak to female empowerment and of women of color owning and defining their own spaces.
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Illustrated by Emily Fromhage
THREADS OF HISTORY: A COMIC ABOUT ANNI ALBERS
Anni Albers studied art at the innovative Bauhaus, where she discovered weaving. She fled Nazi Germany and became an influential teacher at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina.
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FEATURED VIDEO

James Hampton's "The Throne of the Third Heaven" – American Art Moments
James Hampton's The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly is one of the most important and beloved artworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), and it is full of mysteries. Discover more as Leslie Umberger, SAAM's curator of folk and self-taught art, shares insights into Hampton's life as a self-taught artist of color creating in Washington, DC, during the Civil Rights movement, and the lasting importance of his efforts. The Throne, a monumental artwork with more than 180 components wrapped in gold and silver foil, came fully to light only after the artist's death. While Hampton’s views on his life’s work went undocumented, the splendor and magnitude of his project is evident to all who experience this powerful yet enigmatic artwork.
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NEW ACQUISITIONS
Discover artworks recently added to the collection in New Acquisitions.
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Learn more about recently acquired artworks on SAAM's blog 
 
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EXHIBITIONS ONLINE
Browse exhibitions online, including artwork galleries, and artist and curator interviews.
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EXPLORE THE COLLECTION
Celebrate the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.
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FOR EDUCATORS
Local and national programs for teachers, students, and adult learners offer year-long professional opportunities for growth, learning, and professional development.
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VISIT US FROM HOME
Immerse yourself in Google Street View’s 360° museum images from anywhere.
Tour the Museum Virtually 
IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES
SAAM’s virtual reality museum apps present a selection of unique and immersive experiences.
For mobile
WONDER 360
Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
For VR headsets
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
SAAM Beyond the Walls
MUSEUM FROM HOME: CRAFTING EDITION
Enjoy the latest step-by-step guide to at-home crafting with SAAM’s craft master, and check out our video library of crafting projects from past Handi-hour events.
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BROWSE ART
ELECTRONIC SUPERHIGHWAY: CONTINENTAL U.S., ALASKA, HAWAII
Nam June Paik
1995
fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound

SOUNDSUIT
Nick Cave
2009
mixed media
AMENDMENT #8
Mark Bradford
2014
mixed media
GREY SUN
Isamu Noguchi
1967
Arni marble

THE STRUGGLE
Purvis Young
1973-1974
acrylic on wood

THE DEATH OF CLEOPATRA
Edmonia Lewis
carved 1876
marble
ALABAMA LOYALISTS GREETING THE FEDERAL GUN-BOATS, FROM THE…
Kara Walker
2005
offset lithograph and screenprint on paper
CHEMICAL BALANCE III
Jean Shin
2009
prescription pill bottles, acrylic mirrors, epoxy, fluorescent lights
MONEKANA
Deborah Butterfield
2001
bronze
GRAND CENTRAL STATION #2
Jim Campbell
2009
custom electronics, LEDs, and mounted photo-transparency
CHOCO DRINK TV
Kota Ezawa
2012
mixed media
PHOTOSHOP CS: 50 BY 50 INCHES, 300 DPI, RGB, SQUARE PIXELS, 
Cory Arcangel
2013
chromogenic print
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