The Art Museum of the Americas is supported by the Organization of the American States and has a permanent collection that focuses primarily on contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art by both established and up and coming Latin artists. The museum also has regular schedule of exhibits and programs. Although it’s located right on the beaten tourist path, most visitors to D.C. don’t realize this small museum exists.
Although it’s officially classified as a museum, it’s so small, and I actually think of it as more of an art gallery. There are only a handful of galleries, on two floors, and each gallery only has a few pieces displayed and everything is well curated. The galleries on the second floor are separated by a magnificent blue tiled loggia inspired by Aztec and Incan art.
There’s a small sculpture garden as well, featuring a small water fountain and a statue of Xochipili, the Aztec god of flowers.
Aside from everything I’ve described above, one of the best things about this gem of a museum is that it’s so little known that there are absolutely no crowds to contend with. Chances are, you’ll be the only person there to take it all in!
Although the museum is located just a few blocks from the White House, your challenge will be finding it. There is a marker above the entry door, but the easiest way to spot it is to look for the large, yellow, wrought-iron sculpture near the entrance.
Metro stop: Farragut West