The museum will reopen to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021. Free, timed-entry passes will be required for entry and will be available beginning on Friday, May 14.

Plan Your Visit

The National Museum of American History will reopen to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021. We will be open Friday-Tuesday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Free, timed-entry passes will be required for entry and will be available for the National Museum of American History beginning on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Please check here for information about other Smithsonian museums, their hours of operation, and safety measures in place to protect everyone’s health.


While we are closed, you can stay connected to the museum virtually. Our website offers many ways to explore history, including online exhibitions, educator resources, activities for kids, and our online collections. Discover the museum through a variety of online tours, linked from this page. Follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also find museum-inspired gifts at our online store.