After the Smithsonian American Art Museum (and roommate National Portrait Gallery) reopened from their major renovation in 2006, it was a real gift to the public that they changed their hours, extending them to 7 pm. When you pair this with free admission, it makes it so easy to drop in on your commute home or when you have time between work and after-work activities. You can visit just one gallery, even one object. It’s such a rewarding way to fill a few spare moments.
Have a few minutes during the conference? Scurry just around the corner and spend time with something wonderful.
Sarah Osborne Bender, Technical Services Librarian and Collections Metadata Specialist,
The Phillips Collection