Smithsonian American Art Museum

SAAM Cherry Blossom Family Celebration

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum to celebrate the start of cherry blossom season! Bring the whole family and enjoy live musical performances, including traditional Japanese taiko drumming with Nen Daiko, a koto performance by Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, and an all-vinyl music set of Japanese soul, funk, boogie, pop, and disco by Les the DJ. Pick up a step-by-step cherry blossom craft kit to take home, and discover spring-themed artworks in SAAM’s galleries with a self-guided scavenger hunt designed for all ages. Please note that this in-person program is weather-permitting. Find more fun online with our Cherry Blossom Family Zone page with coloring pages, videos, spring crafts, and activities based on artworks from SAAM’s collection.

Please Note SAAM COVID-19 Guidelines:

We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries. Wearing a mask is required at all times while visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum, even when outside. All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask. Social distancing is encouraged. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.

For more information on our COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures, including face covering requirements, please visit: 

The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operation, capacity, and visitor guidelines as circumstances require. The museum may deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.


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