Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC

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Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, are temporarily closed to the public, effective Monday, Nov. 23.

To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and implemented new safety measures in our facilities. Your visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will be different, and new measures will be in place. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.

For everyone's safety, some areas of the Zoo, including select animal exhibits, are closed. We make every effort to keep this list of openings and closings up-to-date, but cannot guarantee that this information will be accurate on the day of your visit. Thank you for your understanding. The link to the list of openings and closings can be found here.

Face Coverings
• Visitors ages six and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. We strongly recommend that all visitors ages two and older wear face coverings as well. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces.

Social Distancing
• Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. Social distancing signage and directions will be found throughout our facilities.

• Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities.

Asia Trail is closed to visitors for the scheduled repaving of walkways. Construction is expected to last approximately six months, and the following exhibits will be closed: sloth bear, fishing cats, clouded leopards, Asian small-clawed otters, red pandas and giant pandas. Panda fans can continue to see Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their cub on the Panda Cam. Keepers are working to ensure the noise from construction does not disrupt mother and cub. If they see any signs that it bothers them, construction will move away from the Giant Panda House.

General admission is free.

Here’s how to register:
Step 1:
Choose a date.

Step 2:
Select time from drop down. Click "Confrim Time Slot"

Step 3:
Add up to 6 passes for the National Zoo on the next page.