Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, are temporarily closed to the public, effective Monday, Nov. 23.
To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and implemented new safety measures in our museums. Your visit to the National Portrait Gallery
and the Smithsonian American Art Museum
, two Smithsonian museums that share one historic building, will be different and new procedures will be in place. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit. Your pass will be good for entry to both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Visitors ages six and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. We strongly recommend that all visitors ages two and older wear face coverings as well. Face coverings may be removed while drinking in designated spaces. Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth.
Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. Social distancing signage and directions will be found throughout our facilities.
Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities.
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask you to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on your front, to protect the artworks. Please note that we do not offer coat check or bag storage at this time. Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
RESERVE YOUR TIME SLOT FOR THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM GENERAL ADMISSION
General admission is free. This pass will be good for entry to both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Here’s how to register:
Choose a date from the calendar.
Select a time slot from the drop down menu and Confirm Time Slot to continue.
A personal care attendant accompanying a visitor will also need a free timed-entry pass.
• Service Animal Policy:
Service animals are welcome at Smithsonian museums. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are dogs trained to do work or perform specific tasks for a guest with a disability.
• Accessible Access:
An access ramp is located at the museums’ G Street entrance. All visitors will be directed to enter and exit through this entrance at 8th and G Streets NW. The museums’ F Street entrance is closed.
The Smithsonian Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area museums and the National Zoo are AIRA access sites. Visitors who are blind or low-vision can download the AIRA app free of charge onto a smart phone. The AIRA app uses the phone’s camera to take in the user’s surroundings, and a live AIRA agent will describe the environment, including reading of exhibit labels and instructions. This service is free of charge on the Museum premises. Learn more at aira.io
Visitors will have the option to request accessibility accommodations on the next page.