The museum has reopened! Free, timed-entry passes are required for entry. Learn more and reserve passes.

Plan Your Visit

Masked visitors look at a museum display

Welcome back to the National Museum of American History! The museum has taken preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. You will notice changes to how you visit the museum, such as requiring each visitor to reserve a free timed-entry pass and to follow the safety requirements listed below.

The National Museum of American History’s world class collection of over 1.7 million objects helps tell the complex history of our nation. To create a safe environment for our visitors, some parts of the museum will not be available during your visit. See information below or view the museum map.


Open Friday through Tuesday, except December 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with last entry at 3:00 p.m.).

Free timed-entry passes are required for admission. Visitors can reserve passes up to 30 days in advance. We release a limited number of same-day passes daily online at 8:15 a.m.

Draper Spark!Lab and Wegmans Wonderplace are currently closed.


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 entry is only available through the Constitution Avenue entrance on the first floor. See museum map.

Visitor Requirements

Wear a face covering

Maintain a safe social distance

Wash hands, sanitize and practice good hygiene

Before You Visit:

  • Get a free timed-entry pass and make sure it’s printed out or available on your phone.
  • Groups larger than six (6) will not be permitted on Smithsonian Institution property. While on Smithsonian property, groups will maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) of distance between themselves and individuals outside their group. Read our special guidelines for group visits for more information.
  • Pack your face covering. Face coverings are required for all visitors ages two and older. The face covering should cover the nose and mouth and must not have an exhalation valve.
  • Print the museum map.
  • Prepare for security screening to enter the building by minimizing bags and reviewing the list of prohibited items.

While You’re Here:

  • Wear a face covering. Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face covering outdoors. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces. Face coverings should fit properly, covering the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face, and they should have at least two layers. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a face covering but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
  • Practice social distancing, staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) from visitors outside your party.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. Free hand sanitizer is available throughout the museum.
  • If you need help during your visit, speak to a staff member near the entrance.

We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.

When You Leave:

For additional information, see:

What's Available During Your Visit

Please note: Due to construction, the following exhibitions will be closed for approximately three weeks starting in mid-June. Dates are subject to change; please check this page for updates.

- America on the Move
- On the Water
- FOOD: Transforming the American Table (including Julia Child’s Kitchen)
- Lighting a Revolution
- Power Machinery




  • Lounge; 2nd Floor, East Wing





  • Museum stores - Our main store (1 Center) is open; last entry at 3:50 p.m.





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 these measures, 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.