Smithsonian American Art Museum

fine arts museum in Washington, D.C., a division of the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (commonly known as SAAM, and formerly the National Museum of American Art) is a museum in Washington, D.C.. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Lincoln Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Location8th and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.[2]
TypeArt museum
Visitors1.1 million (2022) [3]
Smithsonian American Art Museum exterior

The collection began in 1846. Congress declared that there should be "a gallery of art" as part of the Smithsonian Institution.[4] By 1968 the collection was moved to the current location.[5] It is in the building that was built in the early 1800s. It is called the Old Patent Office Building. SAAM is located in the same building as the National Portrait Gallery.[6]

In 1972, the Renwick Gallery opened. It is a branch of SAAM that exhibits to design and crafts. It is in a historic building near the White House.[7]

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  1. "Museum History". Smithsonian Institution. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  2. Calos, Katherine. "Heads will turn". Times-Dispatch.
  3. Smithsonian Institution News Desk, consulted July 22, 2023
  4. William H. Holmes (1922). Catalogue of Collections. Smithsonian Institution National Gallery of Art. p. 3.
  5. Mark Stuart (May 6, 1968). "National art gets a new home". The Morning Call. Paterson, NJ – via
  6. "National Historic Landmarks Program: Old Patent Office". National Park Service. 2010-01-24. Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  7. "Renwick Gallery joins Smithsonian". Asbury Park Press. January 31, 1972 – via

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