Visiting the Smithsonian

Welcome to the Smithsonian

When you visit the Smithsonian, you’re entering the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with approximately 154 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for the American people. We are dedicated to public education; national service; and scholarship in art, design, science, technology, history, and culture.

For visitors to Washington, DC, the Smithsonian offers eleven museums and galleries on the National Mall and six other museums and the National Zoo in the greater National Capital Area. In New York City, we invite you to tour two museums in historic settings. Many of our research centers, located in the DC region, in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay, in Cambridge, MA, and Panama, also host visitors.

Most museums are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All are closed December 25. Seasonal and summer extended hours are determined annually. See individual museum listings below for exceptions, or visit the Museum and Zoo Hours page for complete hours listings. For more information about visiting the Smithsonian, download the Smithsonian Guide and Map (PDF).



  • D.C. area museums and zoo
  • American Indian Museum (NY)
  • Note: African American Museum requires timed entry pass.

Entry fee:

Museums and Zoo