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Yes We Can [Edit Wikipedia]!

March 8, 2017

Join SAAM for a very special Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Saturday, March 25, 2017.


Submit Your Game to the 2017 SAAM Arcade!

February 24, 2017

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is inviting independent video game developers to show their work at the museum's annual SAAM Arcade this August 5-6, 2017.


A Pocket-Sized WONDER in Virtual Reality

October 4, 2016

We've launched "Renwick Gallery WONDER 360" as our first major experiment with producing immersive VR experiences. I hope you'll download it, and please let us know what you think by rating it in the app store!


Some Strings Attached: the willful marionette at SAAM

July 15, 2016

SAAM's annual birthday celebration honoring the legacy of media pioneer Nam June Paik—an artist known for his interest in robotics and humanizing technology—featured artists Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault. Their work, the three-foot tall the willful marionette was built from 3-D scanned images of a human figure. It addresses what the artists refer to as "the frailty of the human body."


Pokémon Go: Games, Art, and Open Spaces at the Museum

July 13, 2016

Shortly after its release, colleagues began playing Pokémon Go —an augmented reality game that has captured the imagination of the entire internet. Museum visitors were doing the same. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, new games are often received with more enthusiasm than might be expected of an art museum. Perhaps you've heard, SAAM has a long history with games. Creating, collecting, exhibiting, and, of course, playing them. They're fun, they're often beautiful, and best of all, they connect people.