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The city has reopened.

Plan your summer visit now.


Capacity restrictions have been lifted in DC, and now museums and attractions are reopening across the city. Find out what’s open, how to get tickets, remaining health precautions and what’s coming soon.

Your Guided Tour

Walk the path forged by leaders of the free world in America’s spirited capital city. View monuments that commemorate the heroes who have shaped America’s past, including the World War II Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.

Wander Mt. Vernon’s beautiful plantation grounds, and tour the beloved home of George Washington. On a guided tour, learn about Ford’s Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Uncover Smithsonian treasures as you explore some of its world-renowned museum collections. The epic story of American democracy comes to life in Washington, D.C.

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  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of American History
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)
  • Museum of African American History / Culture
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • National Museum of African Art
  • Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian

Spotlight on Washington, D.C.

Exploring America’s Capital

 Spotlights

Day 1 - Washington, D.C.

 

Your day begins at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center with a guided tour of this historic and storied building. Discover the celebrated history of America’s capital on a city tour with a local expert.

Take in views of the White House, National Mall and other monuments and museums. Pause to reflect at the poignant World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.

National Museum of Natural History

Admission – Tickets are not required

Open Wednesday through Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Except Dec. 25

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20560

Our mission is to promote understanding of the natural world and our place in it. The museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another.
 
We steward a collection of 145 million specimens and artifacts. Each one reflects a moment in space and time; in these moments we find Earth’s story.  And our researchers continue to glean critical new information from these objects. These discoveries about the past help us model and anticipate the future.

National Museum of American History

Admission – Tickets are not required

The museum is open Friday–Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

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.

General Smithsonian Visitor Information
Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Email: info@si.edu

The National Museum of American History is home to more than 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections. On behalf of the nation, we preserve and share this extraordinary national collection encompassing everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner to Abraham Lincoln’s top hat.

From the first computer bug to the first artificial heart; from Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Our archival collections include a remarkable array of American history in documents, photographs, and other works, including major holdings on the histories of American business and music.

Our artifacts form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history in the world.

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

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Admission – Tickets are not required (free)

The museum is Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

1000 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C.

General Smithsonian Visitor Information
Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Email: info@si.edu

Completed in 1855, the Castle is our signature building and home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center. As such, it makes a great starting point for your journey—here you can get a grasp of the scope and scale of the Smithsonian, see collections highlights from each of our museums, tour the Castle’s 19th-century architecture, see what’s going on today at all the museums, and consult with our in-house experts about what to see and do.

Highlights

Volunteers and interactive tools to help with visit planning; America’s Treasure Chest, an exhibition displaying items from across the Smithsonian; docent tours highlighting the history and architecture of the Castle; Castle Café; Museum Store; free visitor Wi-Fi.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Admission – Timed Tickets are required (free)

The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25.

Address1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Email: NMAAHCGroupRequests@si.edu

Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more.
 
  • Learn about African-American history and culture in Washington DC
  • See top sights like the MLK Memorial and the White House
  • Reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • A small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

Freer Gallery of Art

Freer Gallery of Art

Admission – Timed Tickets are required (free)

The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25.

Address1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Email: NMAAHCGroupRequests@si.edu

Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more.
 
  • Learn about African-American history and culture in Washington DC
  • See top sights like the MLK Memorial and the White House
  • Reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • A small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Admission – (Temporarily closed)

The museum is closed – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Closed December 25

Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
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The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The Sackler Gallery features both permanent and temporary exhibitions from ancient times to the present.

The museum is home to an incomparable collection of art, including some of the most important ancient Chinese jades and bronzes in the world. In addition to the exhibitions on display, the galleries feature innovative programming for visitors of all ages, such as lectures, concerts, films, and podcasts that enhance and extend the visit.

National Museum of African Art

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Admission – Free

Wednesday-Sunday, Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday Closed

Address: 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-4600
See on Map

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is the only national museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation and study of the arts of Africa. The building houses the museum’s collection, exhibition galleries, public education facilities, an art conservation laboratory, a research library and photographic archives.

The museum’s entrance pavilion is a welcoming introduction to Africa, its art, peoples and cultures. Visitors are greeted with traditional and contemporary African music, as well as a film that runs continuously. The space also is home to interactive computer stations that allow visitors to access information about museum exhibitions and programs, objects in the permanent collection and facts about Africa-related events taking place at other Smithsonian venues.

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Admission- (Temporarily closed)

Wednesday-Sunday, Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday Closed

Address: 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
See on Map

For its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian is looking forward. What do you think of when you think of the future? FUTURES is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall, spanning 32,000 square feet. Opening in late 2021 and on view until Summer 2022, FUTURES is your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter. You are, after all, only the latest in a long line of future makers.

Smell a molecule. Clean your clothes in a wetland. Meditate with an AI robot. Travel through space and time. Watch water being harvested from air. Become an emoji. The FUTURES is yours to decide, debate, delight. We invite you to dream big, and imagine not just one future, but many possible futures on the horizon—playful, sustainable, inclusive.  In moments of great change, we dare to be hopeful. How will you create the future you want to live in? 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Admission- (Free)Our outdoor Sculpture Garden is open. Our building is opening August 20th.

Open daily 10 AM–4:30 PM

Address: Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
See on Map

With more than thirty works of art displayed year-round, the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden and Plaza offer visitors a contemplative haven in the heart of our nation’s capital. Comprising nearly a fourth of Joseph Hirshhorn’s initial gift, sculptures were and remain a critical aspect of the Museum’s identity, and the garden, which opened with the Museum in 1974, provides the perfect setting for a collection of modern sculpture that, at the time, was said to be “without parallel in the world.”

In addition to the outdoor galleries that make up the Sculpture Garden, the Plaza surrounding the Museum building affords ample space to exhibit more contemporary works.

Together, the two sites form a landscaped venue for some of the Museum’s most cherished works.

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

Admission – Tickets are not required (free)

Open now open Thursday through Monday, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Address: 655 Jefferson Drive, SW 
Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: 202-633-2214
See on Map

With more than thirty works of art displayed year-round, the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden and Plaza offer visitors a contemplative haven in the heart of our nation’s capital. Comprising nearly a fourth of Joseph Hirshhorn’s initial gift, sculptures were and remain a critical aspect of the Museum’s identity, and the garden, which opened with the Museum in 1974, provides the perfect setting for a collection of modern sculpture that, at the time, was said to be “without parallel in the world.”

In addition to the outdoor galleries that make up the Sculpture Garden, the Plaza surrounding the Museum building affords ample space to exhibit more contemporary works.

Together, the two sites form a landscaped venue for some of the Museum’s most cherished works.

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

Admission- (Free – No timed tickets required)

Open daily 10 AM–5:30 PM
Wednesday–Sunday

Address: 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20560


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 633-1000
See on Map

 The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum’s collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI’s off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the “fourth museum,” include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

Other museum sites on the National Mall

National Gallery of Art – Sculpture Garden

National Gallery of Art – Sculpture Garden

Admission- (Free – No timed tickets required)

Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., no timed passes required.

Address: Constitution Ave NW &, 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20408


General Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 289-3360
See on Map

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

Admission- (Free – No timed tickets required)

Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., no timed passes required.

Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565


General Smithsonian Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 737-4215
See on Map

National Gallery of Art – East Building

National Gallery of Art – East Building

Admission- (Free – No timed tickets required)

Open daily 10 AM–5:30 PM
Wednesday–Sunday

Address: 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20560


General Visitor Information

Web: Visitor Information page
Phone: (202) 842-6511
See on Map

Tour Ends or Add a Post Night

 

  •  Breakfast
Washington, D.C. – Tour Ends
 

Your tour comes to a close in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Hotel Post Night Options

The Jefferson Hotel

Set in a 1926 beaux arts building, this posh luxury hotel is less than a mile from the White House and 1 mile from the Washington Monument.

The sophisticated rooms feature traditional furnishings, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Individual touches include 4-poster beds, fireplaces, and free-standing tubs made with hand-cut Italian and Spanish stone and marble. Suites add separate living rooms or living areas. Room service is available 24/7.

Amenities include 24-hour butler service, a fitness center and a spa. There’s also an opulent fine-dining restaurant, a breakfast and lunch venue under a skylight, and an upscale bar with terrace seating.

The Willard, D.C.

Featuring columns and gilded ceilings, this stately hotel dating from 1850 is a 6-minute walk from the White House, less than a mile from the National Mall and 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial.

Refined rooms have city or courtyard views, plus 47-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers and minibars. Wi-Fi is available (fee). Suites add separate living areas; some come with whirlpool tubs, dining rooms and/or foyers.

There’s a high-end restaurant serving seasonal cuisine, a lounge offering high tea, and an acclaimed bar. Other perks include a full-service spa and a fitness center, as well as a business center and parking (fee).

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The city has reopened.

Plan your summer visit now.

Capacity restrictions have been lifted in DC, and now museums and attractions are reopening across the city. Find out what’s open, how to get tickets, remaining health precautions and what’s coming soon.