Museum and Zoo Hours

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Smithsonian museums are open every day of the year except December 25, unless otherwise noted. Special spring, summer, and holiday hours are determined annually; see Special Hours below.

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. All in-person public programs, events, and tours are canceled through June 1. We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a regular and as needed basis.

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.

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily |  7 p.m. in summer*

  • National Zoo
    Grounds: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance 4 p.m.) | 7 p.m. closing in summer*
    Exhibit Buildings: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 6 p.m. in summer* (Amazonia opens at 10 a.m. year round)
    Dining & Shopping: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 5 p.m. in summer*
    Visitor Center: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 6 p.m. in summer*

    *Summer hours begin March 15 and run through Sept. 30. Exact dates may vary each year. Please check Zoo for updates.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

  • Smithsonian Castle: Visitor Center

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

  • Anacostia Community Museum
    (Tuesdays until 8 p.m.)
  • American Indian Museum Heye Center (NYC)
    (Thursdays until 8 p.m.)

    Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

    • African American History and Culture Museum
    • African Art Museum
    • Air and Space Museum and Hazy Center
    • American History Museum
    • American Indian Museum
    • Freer|Sackler Galleries
    • Hirshhorn Museum
    • Natural History Museum
    • Postal Museum
    • Renwick Gallery
    • Ripley Center

      Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

      • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (NYC)
        (Saturdays until 9 p.m.)
        Closed Thanksgiving and December 25

      Open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

      • Smithsonian American Art Museum
      • National Portrait Gallery

      Special Hours

      • A&I = Arts and Industries Building
      • ACM = Anacostia Community Museum
      • FGA = Freer Gallery of Art
      • HMSG = Hirshhorn
      • NASM = Air and Space Museum
      • NMAAHC = African American Museum: Timed passes REQUIRED during peak times.
      • NMAfA = African Art Museum
      • NMAH = American History Museum
      • NMNH = Natural History Museum
      • NZP = National Zoo
      • SAAM = American Art Museum
      • SIB = Smithsonian Castle
      • UHC = Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center