American Art Museum: One of the most popular art museums at the Smithsonian Institution, the American Art Museum houses a wide variety of artworks, ranging from sculptures to paintings to folk and decorative art. Pieces in the American Art Museum span the entire history of the United States, from colonial times to the modern era, giving visitors a unique look at the history of American art. Current exhibits in the American Art Museum include a series of Thomas Moran Landscapes, To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, and more than 500 sculptures from Paul Manship.
National Museum of African Art: Another popular destination in the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of African Art features some of the best examples of art from the African continent. Exhibits at the national Museum of African Art span the entire history of the continent and draw upon artworks from a wide range of cultures.
Freer Gallery of Art: One of the most widely recognized Asian art galleries in the world, the Freer Gallery of Art plays host to art and artifacts from the Neolithic period to the early 1900s. In addition to traditional Chinese paintings and Indian Sculptures, the Freer Gallery of Art also features Korean ceramic work, Japanese lacquer, and painting and metalware from Islamic cultures in southwest and central Asia.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Located inside a modern cylindrical building on Independence Avenue, the Hirschhorn Museum serves as a premier collection of art from both modern masters and emerging figures in the world of modern art. Adjoined to the museum is a sunken sculpture garden, which houses a large number of sculptures from such renowned sculptors as Matisse, Rodin, and Moore.