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Smithsonian Hours of Operation

There are 17 Smithsonian museums in Washington DC.  Smithsonian hours of operation vary with each museum and according to the season.  The Smithsonian museums are open every day of the year except December 25.  Admission is always free.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Hours

During much of the year, the opening hours at the Air and Space Museum are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

During the summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and also during many weekends during the rest of the year, opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM. See the Smithsonian extended hours calendar for more information.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum Hours

For most of the year, the opening hours at the Natural History Museum are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

During the summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and also during many weekends during the rest of the year, opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM. See the Smithsonian extended hours calendar for more information.

Smithsonian American History Museum Hours

For most of the year, the opening hours at the American History Museum are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

During the summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and also during many weekends during the rest of the year, opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM. See the Smithsonian extended hours calendar for more information.

 

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Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian Hours

Opening hours at the American Indian Museum are from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  Mitsitam Cafe hours are from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture Hours

The African American History and Culture Museum opens on September 24, 2016. During the first few days or weeks, the museum will likely have extended opening hours.  The permanent opening hours have not yet been announced, but they are likely to be 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM until the summer months.

Smithsonian Castle Hours

The Smithsonian Castle is open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  The Smithsonian Castle is not a museum, but it does have the information center for the Smithsonian Institution, as well as a cafeteria and a gift shop.  There are a few sample exhibits and the mausoleum of John Smithson.

 

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Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Hours

The Hirshhorn Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily.

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art Hours

The Freer Gallery of Art is closed for renovations until summer of 2017.  However, prior to closing, the Freer Gallery was open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily.

Smithsonian Sackler Gallery of Art Hours

The Sackler Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily.

 

 

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Smithsonian African Art Museum Hours

The African Art Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  Don’t confuse this museum with the African American History and Culture Museum, which is set to open on September 24, 2016.

Smithsonian Postal Museum Hours

The Postal Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  This museum is not on the National Mall.  It is by Union Station.

Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Hours

The American Art and Portrait Gallery is open from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM daily.  This museum is not on the National Mall.  It is in Chinatown/Penn Quarter.

Renwick Gallery Hours

The Renwick Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  This museum is not on the National Mall.  It is near the north lawn of the White House.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Hours

The Anacostia Community Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  This museum is not on the National Mall.  It is  in the Anacostia neighborhood of SE Washington DC.

 

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Smithsonian National Zoo Hours

The National Zoo has two seasons.  From March 15 until September 30, opening hours are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. From October 1 through March 14, opening hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is a schedule of early and late closing hours at the National Zoo on specific days.

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Hours

The Arts and Industries Building has no current exhibits and is not open to the public except for occasional special events.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center Hours

The Udvar Hazy Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM during much of the year.  However, during the summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is generally open from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM.  See the Smithsonian extended hours calendar for more information.  The Udvar-Hazy Center is not located in Washington DC.  It is located in Chantilly, Virginia near Dulles International Airport.  There is a bus that goes here, but if you drive, be aware that parking costs $15.  After 4:00 PM, though, parking is free.

 

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Smithsonian American Indian Museum Heye Center Hours

This museum is not in Washington DC.  This museum is in Manhattan in New York City.   The museum is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.  On Thursdays, the museum has extended hours until 8:00 PM.

Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Hours

This museum is not in Washington DC.  It is in Manhattan in New York City.  The Cooper Hewitt is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The museum is open until 9:00 PM on Saturdays. This museum closes on 3 days a year — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

National Gallery of Art Hours

The National Gallery of Art is not a Smithsonian museum. It is it’s own institution. However, it is also on the National Mall, and admission is also free.  The National Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sundays.  The Cascade Cafe is open from 11;00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday to Saturday, and from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sundays.