Visiting the Smithsonian
When you visit the Smithsonian, you’re entering the world’s largest museum complex, with approximately 155 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for the American people. As a center for research, we are also dedicated to public education; national service; and scholarship in art, design, science, technology, history, and culture.
As we reopen, we’re putting safety first. See our hours and admission information and safety protocols to plan your visit. Timed-entry passes are required at three locations.
Hours and Admission
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Tips and Guidelines
Keeping Us All Safe 
As the Smithsonian reopens, safety comes first. We’re putting new safety measures in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and collections based on guidance from the CDC and local governments:
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Please note: 
COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread from person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission intensity, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Smithsonian, including instructions about wearing face coverings and social distancing. Despite our best efforts, the risk of contracting COVID-19 could increase by visiting the Smithsonian. By visiting the Smithsonian, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  
The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operations, capacity, or visitor guidelines as circumstances require and to deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk. 
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Virtual Tour of Washington, D.C.
Join Professor Richard Kurin, Ph.D., Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, for a free historical and cultural tour.
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