65 Smithsonian American Art Museum

Posted at May 18, 2011 by 9 Comments

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I’m always on the lookout for little spots where I can hang out and work on this blog.  Well, I can’t really call it work because this has been more fun than anything else.

One of the spots that I do spend some time at is the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.

If you’ve never been you’ll enjoy the little courtyard area with free wireless and the endless art, sculptures, and other treasures.

Here’s a little tease.

Steinway White House Piano 1903

This lovely piano was commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 for the White House. It’s a Steinway (classic brand I’m told), and it’s decorated with the seals of the first 13 states. The painting America Receiving the Nine Muses by Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) is inside the lid.

Liberty Sculpture in SAAM

This is Frederic Bartholdi’s Liberty (1884), which may have been a study for the full-sized Statue of Liberty.  It’s in a beautiful bronze finish, and just absolutely stunning to look at.

Just a tiny tease I know, but there is literally hours and hours of beautiful stuff for you to check out at The Smithsonian American Art Museum.  It’s a great addition to our list of things to do in dc.

You’ll enjoy the modern and funky top floor, the celebrity portraits in the arcade section, and the more traditional museum feel on the first level.

Oh and be sure to check out the little hidden outdoor cafe on the second level.

There’s plenty to take in and appreciate.  Enjoy!

P.S Have experiences about this museum you would like to share?  Or ideas for other places I should check out?  Let me know in the comments below.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th St NW and F St NW
Washington, DC 20560
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter


Photo credit: Mr T in DC

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9 Responses to “65 Smithsonian American Art Museum”

  1. Denuine says:

    Excellent choice once again, my friend! You know, these suggestions are great even for those of us who know DC as well as anybody. It’s so easy to be so close to the action that we forget to get in there and get us some!

    • Rohan says:

      Thanks a lot Denuine. And I think you’re right, sometimes folks that live in the city can miss out on the best DC has to offer. I always say, “Don’t let the tourists have all the fun!”

      Glad you appreciated this choice.

  2. Akilah says:

    My family and I just visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the first time last week. It was absolutely divine! We also visited the African Art museum, and that took my breath away ins o many ways. To see people surrender to their Life Design and have such beautiful art emerge through them inspired me greatly. DC was good to us!

    • rohan says:

      Akilah, it’s really great to hear that you had a good time in DC. “Absolutely divine!” I love how you put that and totally agree. Yes, the African Art Museum is one of those little treasures in the city that doesn’t get enough shine, but it truly is a lovely place.

      Glad you had a blast and thanks so much for stopping by.

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