Museum News

All Day Walk-Up Entry on Weekdays Begins Sept. 2 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

New Discount for Federal Employees at Sweet Home Café

August 29, 2019
Alan Karchmer

Beginning Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will not need a pass to enter the museum on weekdays. Visitors may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. every Monday through Friday through February 2020. More information is available at

Timed-entry passes will still be required every Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can obtain same-day online passes for Saturdays or Sundays, or they can use the advanced timed-entry passes that were distributed for weekends in September online in June.

Group Passes

The museum will continue to require advanced timed-entry passes every day for groups of 10 or more. Information on how to obtain group passes can be found at

New Discount for Federal Employees

Beginning Sept. 2, the museum’s Sweet Home Café will offer a 10 percent discount for all federal employees. This discount is available every day the museum is open. Federal employees must show their federal ID badge to receive the discount in the Café.


About the National Museum of African American History and Culture 
Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed about 6 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit ,follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat—or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.

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