Hours and Locations

National Museum of African Art

African Art Museum
950 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Closed Dec. 25

Admission is free


The National Museum of African Art is the only national museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation, and study of the arts of Africa. On exhibit are the finest examples of traditional and contemporary art from the entire continent of Africa.


The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection; Yinka Shonibare's Wind Sculpture VIICurrents: Water in African Art; Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts.

We encourage the use of Metrorail and Metrobus.


Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Nearest Accessible Metro Entrance:
NW corner of 12th St. and Independence Ave. 

Check Metrorail's Elevator and Escalator Service Status page for service disruptions.


To provide an address for MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 950 Independence Ave., SW.


There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. A limited number of city-operated metered parking spaces are available, including several accessible parking spaces.

View a map of accessible parking spaces.

Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
Note: ParkWhiz is a third-party vendor (ParkWhiz Privacy Policy).


While this location does not have dining, view dining options at our other locations.


The Museum Store offers a wide selection of merchandise inspired by the collections and the arts and cultures of Africa. Some items for sale include; African jewelry, textiles, handicrafts, musical recordings, books, exhibition catalogues, posters and postcards.

See Getting Here for information on accessible parking and public transportation.

Accessibility Information and Programs

Disability access service requests: NMAFAEducation@si.edu

Collection items shown may not be on view.