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.

Hours

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.

Closings and special notices:

  • On Thursday, December 8, the museum will close at 3:30 p.m. due to a special event; Spark!Lab and Wonderplace will close at 3 p.m.
  • Our military history exhibition The Price of Freedom is currently closed for routine maintenance and is scheduled to reopen in January 2023.
  • Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz are off view to prepare for their re-installation in the museum's upcoming exhibition, Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, opening December 9.

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Location

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.

Groups

Please let us know you are coming by pre-registering your group. 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.

What's Available During Your Visit

Currently Available Amenities

  • EAT at America’s Table Cafe (Lower Level) and The Jazz Cafe (1 Center); open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Main Museum Store (1 Center) and Mall Store (2 Center); open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Simulators
  • Learn more about available amenities

PARTIALLY CLOSED Exhibitions

FULLY CLOSED Exhibitions

  • Hall of Music

After Your Visit