Reopening of the National Museum of American History May 21

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The National Museum of American History will reopen to the public after a six-month closure and with new acquisitions, including a Bob Ross painting and the gown from Crazy Rich Asians on view. Enhanced health and safety precautions are in place throughout the museum.
Media Only

Laura Duff

(202) 633-3129

Melinda Machado

(202) 633-3129

National Museum of American History
Press Office

(202) 633-3129

Friday, May 21, 2021 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Press may schedule between 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Museum opens to the public at 11 a.m.


Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.


Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History


All members of the media must RSVP to Laura Duff at or 202-633-3129 to attend the reopening. All media must be on the press list to enter the museum and wear visible press credentials and face coverings.

Live Shots: Media interested in live shots should preregister and confirm with Laura Duff at or 202-633-3129.

The National Museum of American History will reopen to the public Friday, May 21, after being closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The museum will open Fridays through Tuesdays with reduced hours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with the last entry at 3 p.m. Health and safety measures for visitors and staff are in place, including requiring all visitors to reserve a free timed-entry pass and to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit, including children over the age of 2.

No formal program or remarks are scheduled for May 21; museum staff will be on hand for one-on-one interviews.

Safety: While at the museum, all media and visitors will be required to wear face coverings and follow all new procedures, including social distancing and visitor flow.

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