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Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and G Sts. NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (commonly known as SAAM) has one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art, from the colonial period to the present, made in the United States. The museum contains the largest collection of New Deal art; a collection of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age; photography, modern folk art, works by African American and Latino artists, images of western expansion, and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century. Most exhibitions take place in the museum's main building, the old Patent Office Building, while craft-focused exhibitions are shown in the museum's Renwick Gallery. 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.

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