Plan Your Visit

Museum exterior with Washington Monument in the background

Welcome to the National Museum of American History! The museum’s world class collection of over 1.7 million objects helps tell the complex history of our nation.


The museum is open every day, except December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Wegmans Wonderplace is open Wednesday–Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; closed Monday–Tuesday.

Draper Spark!Lab is open Wednesday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; closed Monday–Tuesday.

Closings and special notices

  • Our military history exhibition The Price of Freedom will be closed for gallery maintenance from September 25–October 20. Please check back as dates are subject to change.


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The museum is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue, N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets, Washington, D.C. View in Google maps.

Museum entrances are located on Constitution Avenue on the first floor and Madison Drive (National Mall) on the second floor. There may be a short wait to enter the building.


Please let us know you are coming by sending an email to with the name and size of your group, planned visit date, and estimated arrival time. Please note that this is not a tour reservation, and you are welcome to visit at any time during public visiting hours without registering.

Safety Guidelines

Masks are not required to visit the museum. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit.

The Smithsonian has safety measures in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local governments. We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health.

After Your Visit