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The American Art Museum of the Smithsonian Institution features an exclusive compilation of the largest collection of American Art

Located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington D.C., the museum is housed in the National Historic Landmark Building along with the National Portrait Gallery.The museum serves as a center of study and preservation of the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the country.

The museum represents artwork of over 7,000 artists, the most significant being Nam June Paik, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt, James Gill, Georgia O'Keeffe and Thomas Moran.

The building that houses the museum has two public spaces, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, and the Lunder Conservation Center. The Luce Foundation Center for American Art is where visitors can go through the art works that are arranged in a visible art storage facility. There are over 3,300 artifacts in this section which include sculptures, objects of folk art, paintings and crafts.

The first floor of the museum has galleries that have folk art and photographs on display. The galleries under the section of 'American Experience' have landscape photographs selected from the 19th and 20th century. Next to this section are the galleries on Folk Art.

Moving to the second floor there are galleries on American Art through the 1940's. There are several interesting and breathtaking paintings in these galleries including paintings of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon by Thomas Moran, and Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's model for the Statue of Liberty.

The third floor has modern artwork on display; one being the Lincoln Gallery and another being the "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image". The second gallery is a permanent collection, and has a collection of artwork that investigates the history of video art and works from new generation artists.

The museum is open from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM and is closed only on December, the 25th. There are many halal restaurants in the area including the famous halal stands such as the 'Halaal Gyro Plus' and 'Halaal Food Grill' that are located on 17th & K St NW.

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