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Wed–Sun 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
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Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
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WED–SUN 11:30 A.M.–7 P.M.
Holiday Hours: Closed December 25, 2021
RENWICK GALLERY
WED–SUN 10 A.M.–5:30 P.M.
Holiday Hours: Closed December 25, 2021
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 all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask.
We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS

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. 
IF SICK, STAY HOME

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

All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fit properly and be worn over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a mask but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
VISITING TIPS: WHAT’S NEW
The entrance to SAAM's main building, at 8th and G Streets NW, is the only open entrance at this time; the museum’s F Street entrance is closed temporarily.
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fit properly and be worn over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a mask but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
As a health and safety precaution, we are not offering printed floor plans at this time. To find your way around you may use the museum’s free Wi-Fi to access a digital Smithsonian American Art Museum Map [PDF] and a digital Renwick Gallery Map [PDF].
All children (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. At least one (1) adult chaperone is required to accompany up to five (5) children.
The Courtyard Café in SAAM's main building is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables and limited seating have been restored in the Kogod Courtyard and the Luce Foundation Center. Visitors are permitted to bring in food and beverages to be consumed in designated spaces in the Kogod Courtyard only; alcoholic beverages and food for groups is not permitted. Outside food is not permitted at the Renwick Gallery, except for bottled water that may be consumed in designated areas.
The SAAM Museum Store and the Renwick Gallery Store are open for in-person shopping, and our stores are always open online
OUR LOCATIONS
The Smithsonian American Art Museum shares its collections, programs, and exhibitions in two locations in Washington, DC. SAAM’s main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district, while its branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative art, the Renwick Gallery, is located nine blocks west, near the White House.
MORE ON VISITING SAAM
American art museum featuring works from the colonial era to the present
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 
MORE ON VISITING RENWICK
Branch museum featuring contemporary craft and decorative arts
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
EXHIBITIONS AT SAAM
SARGENT, WHISTLER, AND VENETIAN GLASS: AMERICAN ARTISTS AND THE MAGIC OF MURANO
October 8, 2021 — May 8, 2022
Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
This exhibition brings to life the Venetian glass revival of the nineteenth century on the famed island of Murano and the artistic experimentation the city inspired for artists such as John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
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ARTIST TO ARTIST
October 1, 2021 — September 3, 2023
Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
Artist to Artist features paired artworks, each representing two figures whose trajectories intersected at a creatively crucial moment, whether as student and teacher, professional allies, or friends.
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WELCOME HOME: A PORTRAIT OF EAST BALTIMORE, 1975-1980
July 16, 2021 — January 17, 2022
Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980 captures a cross-section of East Baltimore residents and businesses in the 1970s, documenting the community’s history and diversity.  These photographs by Elinor Cahn, Joan Clark Netherwood, and Linda Rich were taken as part of a program of photography surveys sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts to celebrate the bicentennial of founding of the United States.
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EXHIBITIONS AT RENWICK
NEW GLASS NOW 
October 22, 2021 — March 6, 2022
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
New Glass Now documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects from around the world working in the challenging material of glass. This global survey is designed to highlight the breadth and depth of contemporary glass making.
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JANET ECHELMAN’S 1.8 RENWICK
Ongoing
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
Janet Echelman's colorful fiber and lighting installation, suspended from the ceiling of the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon, examines the complex interconnections between human beings and our physical world, and reveals the artist's fascination with the measurement of time. 
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CONNECTIONS: CONTEMPORARY CRAFT AT THE RENWICK GALLERY
Ongoing
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.
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TODAY'S EVENTS
VIRTUAL HANDI-HOUR
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021, 7PM EST
Free | Registration required via Eventbrite
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COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread by person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite our best efforts, 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.
FAQ
Are tickets required to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum?
No, tickets are not required to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum or its Renwick Gallery. As of July 20, 2021, passes are no longer required to visit. All passes issued for July 21–August 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry.
Are tickets required to visit the Renwick Gallery?
No, tickets are not required to visit the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As of July 20, 2021, passes are no longer required to visit. All passes issued for July 21–August 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry.
Do I have to wear a mask when I visit?
Yes, all visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fit properly and be worn over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a mask but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
Is the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery free?
Yes. Admission to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery is free.
Will you take my temperature before I can enter the museum?
No. Staff will not be taking guests’ temperatures at this time. If you feel unwell, please stay home.
 
Will it be possible to follow social distancing protocols inside the museum?
We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups. At higher capacities, it is difficult to enforce social distancing and some spaces in the museum may be crowded. We encourage visitors to take this into consideration when planning their visit. 
What are you doing to ensure the bathrooms and other areas of the museums are clean?
The bathrooms and high-touch areas, such as doors, will be cleaned more frequently throughout each day.
Where can I wash or sanitize my hands?
Bathrooms are open throughout the museum for you to wash your hands. Sanitizing stations are strategically placed throughout the museum at frequently touched areas. We also encourage guests to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal use throughout the museum. 
 
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