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Visitor Information
Free admission:
  • Smithsonian museums & the National Zoo (DC, VA)
  • American Indian Museum Heye Center (NYC)
  • Note: Tickets are not used for general admission.
Entry fee required:
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum (NYC) (closed for renovation)
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Maps and Directions

The Smithsonian Information Center in the Castle is centrally located at 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, D.C. Ten of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., span an area from 3rd to 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km).

Parking

The Smithsonian does not operate any parking facilities except at the National Zoo, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Anacostia Community Museum.

  • Parking at the Zoo is a flat fee of $22. Free for FONZ members at Premier Level and above.
  • Parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center costs $15 per vehicle; parking is free after 4:00 p.m. Tour and school busses park free.
  • Parking is free at the Anacostia Community Museum.

Smithsonian Museums on and Near the National Mall

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Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Dr., SW
Metro Stop: Smithsonian, Mall exit
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African Art Museum
950 Independence Ave., SW
Metro Stop: Smithsonian, Mall exit
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Air and Space Museum
7th & Independence Ave., SW
Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza, Maryland Ave. exit
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American Art Museum Portrait Gallery
8th and F Sts., NW
Metro Stop: Gallery Place-Chinatown,
9th St. exit
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American History Museum
14th St. & Constitution Ave., NW
Metro Stop: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian, Mall exit
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American Indian Museum
4th St. & Jefferson Dr.,SW
Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza,
Maryland Ave. exit
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Freer Gallery
Jefferson Dr. and 12th St., SW
Metro Stop: Smithsonian, Mall exit
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Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave., SW
Metro Stop: Smithsonian, Mall exit
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave. and 7th St., SW
Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza, Maryland Ave. exit
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Natural History Museum
10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Metro Stop: Smithsonian, Mall exit
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Postal Museum
Massachusetts Ave. and 1st St., NE
Metro Stop: Union Station
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Renwick Gallery
(Currently closed for renovation.)
17th St. at Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Metro Stop: Farragut West, 17th St. exit
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Ripley Center International Gallery
1100 Jefferson Dr., SW
Metro Stop: Smithsonian, Mall exit
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Tips for Visiting

The use of public transportation, including taxis, in Washington is recommended.

Washington's Metrorail subway system and Metrobus link the city with nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia. Metrorail is conveniently located near many Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo.

Mall Museum Map (PDF) »

Parking map (PDF) »

Metrorail Subway System »

Capital Bikeshare »

Bicycle Racks

Bicycle racks are located outside the following museum entrances:

  • Air and Space Museum
  • American Indian Museum
  • American History Museum
  • Castle east and west ends of building
  • African Art and Sackler Gallery outside garden gates on Independence Ave.
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • Natural History Museum Constitution Ave. entrance
  • Postal Museum 
  • Udvar-Hazy Center
  • National Zoo near Conn. Ave. entrance and Zoo police station on Lion/Tiger Hill

Elsewhere in Washington, D.C. and Virginia

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National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., approximately 30 minutes by car or public transportation from the National Mall. Public parking is available for a fee.
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Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, D.C. Free public parking is available.
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Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia, near the intersection of Rts. 50 and 28. Public parking is available for a fee.
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Museums in New York City

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American Indian Museum New York
One Bowling Green, near Battery Park in lower Manhattan. It is adjacent to the Bowling Green station of the East Side IRT and close to the Whitehall Street station of the BMT and the South Ferry station of the West Side IRT.
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Located on Museum Mile, at the corner of 91st Street and Fifth Avenue.
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