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National Museum of African American History and- Group Timed-Entry Passes

The National Museum of African American History & Culture - Groups, Washington, DC

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s hours of operation are Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Mondays. On Mondays that are observed as Federal Holidays, the museum will open at 10:00 a.m.  The museum is closed on December 25.  

Group reservations are available from 10:15 am to 2:45 pm Tuesday-Sunday, and 12:15 pm to 2:45 pm on Mondays (excluding Federal Holidays). Passes are released on a rolling basis, on the 3rd Monday of the month at 9:00 a.m. EST. Currently, passes are available through the end of August. Passes for September 2024 will become available on July 15th at 9:00 a.m. EST.  If your preferred date/time is not available, please contact,

10 is the minimum number of visitors for a group reservation and the maximum is 100 (including chaperones) per entry time. Groups larger than 200 must split over more than one day.

If you have a group larger than 200, please contact

Please note the following guidelines while securing your timed-entry passes: 
Group Reservations:  

  • All Smithsonian visitors, regardless of age, must have a timed-entry pass to enter. 
  • Companions or personal care attendants also need a timed-entry pass. 
  • Passes are valid only for the issued date and time and void if altered. 

Chaperone Guidelines:  

  • All children (18 and younger) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.   
  • At least one adult chaperone is required to accompany up to 10 children.