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The National Air And Space Museum and the National Museum of American History will be open today, March 5; all other Smithsonian Washington, D.C.-area museums and the National Zoo will be closed due to inclement weather. The Smithsonian museums in New York will be open today.Skip navigation
If you become injured or your property is damaged and you believe that the injury or damage was caused by the negligence or wrongful act or omission of the Smithsonian or its employee acting within the scope of his or her official duties, you may file a tort claim against the Smithsonian Institution. The Institution processes claims in accordance with the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b) and §§ 2671-2680. To file a claim, complete these steps:
The Institution will investigate and make a determination on your claim. The decision will be forwarded to you by certified mail. This process may take several months. Please call the Office of General Counsel at (202) 633-5115 with any questions.