Smithsonian Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens
Smithsonian museum grounds
Washington, DC

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Gardens are currently closed due to inauguration-related activities.

Admission is free, no passes required


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. 


Gardens including a formal parterre, a pollination garden, a WWII vegetable garden, seasonal plants and more.

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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