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.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY HOURS OF OPERATION ARE FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY, 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. (CLOSED NOVEMBER 26; DECEMBER 24-25; AND JANUARY 20, 2021)
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 museums. Your visit to the National Museum of American History will be different and new procedures will be in place. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.
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 drinking in designated spaces. Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth.
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.
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities, as they will be subject to a thorough search. Limiting the items you bring will increase your speed through security check points, helping us all maintain a safe social distance. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage at this time.
RESERVE YOUR TIME SLOT FOR THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY GENERAL ADMISSION
General admission is free.
Here’s how to register:
Choose a date from the calendar.
Select a time slot from the drop down menu and Confirm Time Slot to continue.
A personal care attendant accompanying a visitor will also need a free timed-entry pass.
• Service Animal Policy:
Service animals are welcome at Smithsonian museums. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are dogs trained to do work or perform specific tasks for a guest with a disability.
• Accessible Access:
An access ramp is located on Constitution Avenue.
The Smithsonian Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area museums and the National Zoo are AIRA access sites. Visitors who are blind or low-vision can download the AIRA app free of charge onto a smart phone. The AIRA app uses the phone’s camera to take in the user’s surroundings, and a live AIRA agent will describe the environment, including reading of exhibit labels and instructions. This service is free of charge on the Museum premises. Learn more at aira.io
Visitors will have the option to request accessibility accommodations on the next page.
• All visitors must enter the museum via Constitution Ave entrance and exit via the National Mall.
• Draper Spark!Lab and Wegmans’ Wonderplace are closed.
• Eat at America’s Table and the LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe are closed.
• Bring a refillable water bottle.