Smithsonian Opening Hours

Smithsonian Opening Hours

The Smithsonian Institution has 15 museums in Washington, DC.  Of these, 9 are located on the National Mall.  The Smithsonian opening hours vary according to each museum.  All of the Smithsonian museums are open every day of the year except Christmas.  Entry to the Smithsonian museums is always free.

Smithsonian Castle Opening Hours

The Smithsonian Castle is not a museum per se.  Inside you will find the information center for the Smithsonian Institution.  You will also find a cafeteria, a gift shop, restrooms and a few sample exhibits.  Opening hours 8:30-5:30

 

 

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Natural History Museum Opening Hours

Summer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are from 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM unless a special event is going on.  During the rest of the year, standard operating hours are from 10:00AM – 5:30PM.  On some weekends during the standard year, the museum is open late.  Here is the extended hours calendar.

Air and Space Museum Opening Hours

Summer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are from 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM unless a special event is going on.  During the rest of the year, standard operating hours are from 10:00AM – 5:30PM.  On some weekends during the standard year, the museum is open late.  Here is the extended hours calendar.

American History Museum Opening Hours

Summer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are from 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM unless a special event is going on.  During the rest of the year, standard operating hours are from 10:00AM – 5:30PM.  On some weekends during the standard year, the museum is open late.  Here is the extended hours calendar.

 

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Museum of the American Indian Opening Hours

10:00AM – 5:30 PM

Sackler Gallery Opening Hours

10:00AM – 5:30 PM

Freer Gallery Opening Hours

10:00AM – 5:30 PM

 

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African Art Museum Opening Hours

10:00AM – 5:30 PM

Hirschorn Gallery

10:00AM – 5:30 PM

Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum

11:30AM – 7:00PM

Postal Museum Opening Hours

10:00AM – 5:30 PM

Anacostia Community Museum Opening Hours

10:00AM-5:00PM

Renwick Gallery Opening Hours

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

 

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National Gallery of Art Opening Hours

The National Gallery of Art is a separate institution from the Smtihsonian Institution.  However, both the West Building and East Building are always free.  Opening Hours are from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.  Sunday hours are from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Fees at the Smithsonian Museum

Entry is always free.  Some of the museums have IMAX movies for which there is an additional charge.  Many of the museums have a gift shop and/or cafe.

Restrooms at the Smithsonian Museums

Of course, every museum has a restroom.  If you are looking for a restroom on the National Mall, just go into one of the free museums.

Handicapped Facilities at the Smithsonian Museums

Every Smithsonian Museum is handicapped accessible.  Many of them have handicapped parking near the entrance to the museum.  However, not every entrance to every museum is handicapped accessible.  In many cases, there are two entrances to a museum, and only one of those will be handicapped accessible.

Tours to the Smithsonian Museums

One of the best ways to see the National Mall is to visit it as part of a tour.  Nonpartisan Pedicab offers tours of the National Mall and memorials that take approximately 2-3 hours.  Many guests say that this is the highlight of their trip to Washington DC.

Parking at the Smithsonian Museums

There is limited free 3 hour parking on Madison and Jefferson Drives that pass in front of many of the museums on the National Mall.  Make sure you read the signs, as not every parking spot on these two streets are available for the general public.  There is also parking on some of the cross streets, such as 3rd, 4th, 7th and 14th Streets.  On 7th and 14th, this is non-rush hour parking.  Read the signs if you do not want to be ticketed.

More information

You can visit the Smithsonian website for more information.