The Smithsonian American Art Museum is America's first federal art collection and is dedicated exclusively to the enjoyment and understanding of American art. The museum showcases the extraordinary creativity and the diversity of our country's artists. The museum's collection features the full range of American art from colonial portraits, nineteenth-century landscapes, American impressionism, twentieth-century realism and abstraction, New Deal projects, sculpture, photography, prints and drawings, contemporary crafts and decorative arts, African American art, Latino art, and folk art.
The museum's collection began in 1829 and has grown steadily to become a center for the study and enjoyment of American art and its culture. Today it houses the premier and most important American art collection, with artworks in all forms spanning more than three centuries.