Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture photo
(Glass canopy atop the Kogod Courtyard/David S. Holloway, Getty)
'

Editorial Review

The building, which reopened in 2006 after a major renovation, is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Archives of American Art and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art (an open storage area).

Film screenings, lectures and performances are often held in the McEvoy Auditorium on the bottom floor. Family programs often take place in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, a glass-covered open space in the middle of the building that opened in late 2007.

Insider tips: The busiest months are March, April, July and August. Tours begin in the F Street lobby at 12:30 and 2 p.m. (Note: there are no tours on the second Tuesday of the month.) Scavenger hunts and self-guided tours are also available. Every third Thursday, the American Art Museum hosts a free Take Five! event in the expansive Kogod Courtyard from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring live music and drink specials (from 5 to 8 p.m. March-August).