Smithsonian Announces Modified Schedule for Museums and National Zoo Jan. 5–17

Several Big Museums Remain Open Five Days a Week
January 3, 2022
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The Smithsonian is preparing for unprecedented staff shortages in the coming weeks due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. To accommodate these shortages, the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., and the National Zoo will operate on a modified schedule from Wednesday, Jan. 5, through Monday, Jan. 17, reducing the days of operation at some museums and closing two museums during this period.

Four of the most-visited museums on the National Mall—the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the newly reopened Arts and Industries Building—will remain open to the public five days a week.

The National Air and Space Museum and the Anacostia Community Museum will be closed through Jan. 17. The Smithsonian Institution Building (“The Castle”) and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, remain open daily. Additional museums in Washington will be open to the public for two to four days a week during this period.

This modified schedule allows the Smithsonian to reposition key staff across its museums as needed while ensuring that museums remain open to the public each day of the week. Museums may have limited public entrances, and some exhibition spaces may be closed during this period to reduce the number of on-site staff needed. The public can find updated information on what to expect during their visit on museum websites. During these two weeks, Smithsonian leadership will assess the situation and staffing needs and adjust the schedule as needed.

The schedule for Jan. 5–17 is as follows. All museums open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 5–17 Schedule

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

National Museum of Natural History

Open

 

 

Open

Open

Open

Open

National Museum of American History

Open

Open

Open

 

 

Open

Open

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Open

 

 

Open

Open

Open

Open

Arts and Industries Building

Open

Open

 

 

Open

Open (until 7 p.m.)

Open

(until 7 p.m.)

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Open

Open

Open

Open

 

 

 

Renwick Gallery

 

 

 

Open

Open

Open

Open

Smithsonian Institution Building "The Castle" (open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

Hirshhorn Museum

 

 

 

Open

Open

Open

Open

National Museum of the American Indian

Open

Open

Open

Open

 

 

 

National Museum of African Art

Open

 

 

 

 

 

Open

National Museum of Asian Art

Open

Open

Open

 

 

 

Open

National Postal Museum

Open

Open

Open

 

 

 

Open

National Zoo (open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Open

Open

Open

 

 

Open

Open

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

National Air and Space Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anacostia Community Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Smithsonian’s two museums in New York City, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, remain open with their current operating schedules.

All museum hours, including an at-a-glance look at the days individual museums are open, are available at si.edu/visit/hours. Smithsonian museums continue to enforce several COVID-19 safety protocols, including requiring all visitors ages 2 and older to wear a mask during their visit. Information on the Smithsonian’s COVID-19 policies and updates to museums’ hours of operation are available at si.edu/visit.

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SI-2-2022

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Alexandria Fairchild

(202) 633-0282 

fairchilda@si.edu

Linda St. Thomas

(202) 633-5188

stthomasl@si.edu