Smithsonian Gardens

Smithsonian museum grounds
Washington, DC

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gardens.si.edu

Haupt Garden open daily dawn to dusk, except December 25; all others open 24 hours

Admission is free

About

The many gardens that surround the Smithsonian museums are a “museum without walls.” All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. See the map of all Smithsonian Gardens. 

Highlights

13 gardens including a formal parterre, a pollination garden, a WWII vegetable garden, seasonal plants and more; horticulturist-led tours weekly, spring–fall (weather permitting); check signs at garden entrances or inquire at any museum information desk for schedules.

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Gardens surround our museums, please see Metro information for the museum you are visiting.

There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. Limited 3-hour metered parking and commercial lots are available—see parking map. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

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