Smithsonian American Art Museum
|Location||8th & F Streets NW, |
|Visitors||1.2 million (2013)|
|Public transit access|
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (commonly known as SAAM, and formerly the National Museum of American Art) is a museum in
The museum provides electronic resources to schools and the public through its national education program. It maintains seven online research databases with more than 500,000 records, including the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture that document more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide. Since 1951, the museum has maintained a traveling exhibition program; as of 2013, more than 2.5 million visitors have seen the exhibitions.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has had many names over the years—Smithsonian Art Collection, National Gallery of Art (not to be confused with the current
The collection, which was begun in 1829, was first on display in the original
The Smithsonian American Art Museum first opened to the public in its current location in 1968 when the Smithsonian renovated the
During the 1990s, the Smithsonian Institution worked on restoring the building.
The Smithsonian completed another renovation of the building in July 1, 2006. The 2000-2006 renovation restored many of the building’s exceptional architectural features: restoring the porticos modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, a curving double staircase, colonnades, vaulted galleries, large windows, and skylights as long as a city block. During the renovation, the Lunder Conservation Center, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard were added to the building.