A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

Welcome to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Reopening Information for Visitors
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now open to the public. As we begin a gradual, phased reopening for the museum, we’re putting safety first with enhanced measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff. Free timed-entry passes are required for entry.

Visiting the Museum

Open Wednesday through Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except December 25

The museum is closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday each week during the initial reopening phase.
 
Admission is free. Timed-entry passes are required.
Museum Address
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560
Ph. 1-800-514-3849
How do I reserve timed-entry passes?
  • All visitors must have a timed-entry pass.  
  • A limited number of timed-entry passes are available. 
  • Visitors can reserve timed-entry passes up to 30 days in advance on a rolling basis. Passes are no longer released three months in advance.
  • Timed-entry passes are released daily beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST.  
  • Visitors can reserve up to six timed-entry passes. 
  • Timed-entry passes may not be sold or transferred.

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Discover new signature objects from the museum's collection

Handkerchief owned by Harriet Tubman, 1870s - early 20th century

Gift of Charles L. Blockson
Straw hat owned by Rosa Parks, 1960s-1980s

Straw hat owned by Rosa Parks, 1960s-1980s

Gift of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Library of Congress
Ivory coat worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” 2013

Ivory coat worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” 2013

Gift of Walt Disney Television
White hat used on the show "Scandal", 2013

White hat used on the show "Scandal", 2013

Gift of Walt Disney Television
Straw hat owned by Rosa Parks, 1960s-1980s
Ivory coat worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” 2013
White hat used on the show "Scandal", 2013

The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American.

Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, NMAAHC