Visiting the Smithsonian

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Welcome to the Smithsonian

When you visit the Smithsonian, you’re entering the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Most of our museums are located in the Washington, DC, area with two in New York City. Many of our research centers also host visitors. See Tips & Guidelines for helpful information including guides in multiple languages and maps.

All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo, and in New York City continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a regular and as needed basis. Read an update from Secretary Lonnie Bunch.