Posted November 12th 2013 at 12:32 pm by
in What Are Your Favorite Public Places?

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

The US Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of my favorite places in Washington D.C. to hang out and relax in between my busy work days. Located adjacent to the Verizon Center sports arena and the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station, it is often considered as the “holy grail” of American Art Institutions, featuring works and exhibitions from over 7,000 artists. In addition to a fantastic collection of art exhibitions, the Smithsonian Museum also provides a few excellent public spaces, and certainly some of my favorites in this city.

During the summer time, I often grab my lunch and sit outside on the building’s historic steps. In those moments, I love to contemplate and stare at the massive statue of a cowboy riding his bucking blue stallion while I finish up my lunch before heading back to the office. But to be completely honest, I usually spend most of my time in the beautiful atrium on the first floor.

As you walk inside the museum, you are greeted by a big open atrium. This atrium is an oasis in an otherwise packed and rushed city of Washington. It is open and free for the public to enjoy. Every time I walk into this quiet interior space, my mind suddenly clears up as I stare at the peaceful layout of trees and bushes while leaning back onto one of the wooden coffee table chairs, opening my lunch bag, and escaping into my own imagination.

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