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Smithsonian Museums Return to Seven Days a Week Schedule


The Smithsonian announced that a majority of its museums will be back to their pre-pandemic schedule by Memorial Day, May 30.

All Smithsonian museums will be open to visitors seven days a week, except for the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall which remains closed until the fall due to renovation works, and the Arts and Industries building that continues to operate on a reduced schedule and remains temporarily open through July 6.

The National Zoo and Smithsonian museums have been working on limited schedules for the past two years due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Some facilities of the institution are currently operating seven days a week such as the Smithsonian Institution building, also known as “The Castle,” the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, the National Zoo and the National Museum of Natural History.

In recent weeks, the Smithsonian lifted its indoor mask mandate for its museums and the National Zoo, in accordance with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Other Smithsonian museums are scheduled to return to seven days a week operations on these dates:

Monday, April 4

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National Museum of American History

Friday, April 8

  • National Postal Museum

Monday, May 30

  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (located in New York City)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C., and New York City locations)
  • National Museum of Asian Art
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Renwick Gallery

For more details on hours and admission of the Smithsonian’s museums, click here.


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