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American Art Museum
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum has a broad variety of American art that covers all regions and art movements found in the United States. Among the significant artists represented in its collection are Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Edmonia Lewis, Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer.
The museum first opened to the public in 1968 when the Smithsonian renovated the Old Patent Office Building in order to display its collection of American works. This building is shared with the National Portrait Gallery, another Smithsonian museum. The American Art Museum had previously been known as the National Museum of American Art but changed to the current name in October 2000. The museum closed in January 2000 for a major building renovation, and is scheduled to reopen on July 4, 2006. During the renovations, much of the collection is visible at travelling exhibitions across the United States.
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