Description: After extensive renovations of the Old Patent Office Building that houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture held a grand opening July 1, 2006.
Description: The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) are two different museums that had their origins in the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art. They have been housed in the old Patent Office Building since 1968. The American Art Museum was established in 1907 under the name “National Gallery of Art.” The National Portrait Gallery was
Description: The Smithsonian American Art Museum began as an art gallery in the Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle. A National Gallery of Art was formally created in 1906 in the US National Museum. In 1968, the collection moved to the American Art and Portrait Galleries, and its Renwick Gallery opened in 1972. History of the Smithsonian American Art MuseumAdditional Historic
Description: Established in 1964 by private collector Warren Robbins, the Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1979. In 1981, the Museum was renamed the National Museum of African Art and in 1987, re-opened in a new building as part of the Smithsonian’s Quadrangle complex. History of the National Museum of African ArtAdditional Historic Images of
Description: [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="349" caption="Washington, D.C. 1975, from the series Archaeological Series, 6 Inch Contour Gauge, 1975, by Kenneth Josephson, Gelatin silver print on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1983.63.828."][/caption] In 1981, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (at the time it was named