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Two More Smithsonian Museums to Reopen on Friday


The National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian will reopen this Friday, September 25.

The locations will have diminished times of operation and visitors are required to reserve free timed-entry passes. 

Limited Operations

The National Museum of American History will be open from Friday to Tuesday between 11 am and 4 pm. Visitors must enter on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th Streets. The museum’s entrance at the National Mall remains closed.

The National Museum of the American Indian will be open from Wednesday to Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm.

All on-site public tours and events remain suspended, and some areas of the museum may be closed or operating at a limited capacity. 

Children’s play areas, including the Draper Spark!Lab, Wegmans Wonderplace, and ImagiNATIONS Activity Center, remain closed.

Museum cafes and retail shops, including the Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian, are also closed.

Measures Against COVID-19

As with other museums, the Smithsonian requests that visitors follow a list of updated health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other local authorities.

Visitors must also secure a free timed-entry pass to enter both museums. These can be reserved at the Smithsonian website or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1.

Each individual can reserve up to six passes and every visitor is required to present one to enter, regardless of age. They can choose between printing their timed-entry passes at home or showing a digital pass on their smartphones.

Only six people per group are allowed to enter the museum and at least one adult chaperone must be present for up to five children under the age of 18.

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