The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s hours of operation are Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m, and 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Mondays. On Mondays that are observed as Federal Holidays, the museum will open at 10:00 a.m. The museum is closed on December 25. Visitors are able to enter the museum until 4:00 p.m. Passes are released at 8:00 a.m., for time slots 30 days out. Same-day passes are released beginning at 8:15 a.m.
Important Conditions: The Smithsonian’s timed pass reservation system is for visitors’ personal use only, and Smithsonian timed passes are valid only for the stated visitor(s), guest(s), date, and time. Passes may not be sold or transferred. Reservations that violate these conditions may be cancelled.
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 facilities. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit. We ask that all visitors, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
If Sick, Stay Home.
We are asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. Visitors are encouraged to wash and sanitize hands frequently during their visit. 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. Limiting the items you bring will increase your speed through security check points, helping us all maintain a safe social distance. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage at this time.
Many items are prohibited at all Smithsonian museums.
Do not bring sharp items into the museums such as knives (including pocket or "Swiss Army" style knives), screwdrivers, scissors, etc. Other items not permitted include firearms, pepper spray, and Mace.
Visitors will enter the museum from 15th Street and Madison Drive NW or 14th Street and Constitution Ave NW.. Every visitor, including infants, needs a timed-entry pass to visit the museum.
The Sweet Home Café is currently open Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. with a limited menu. Outside food is not permitted. You may bring a refillable water bottle.
All visitors will be directed to enter the museum at 15th and Madison Drive NW or 14th Street and Constitution Ave NW. and exit through the door at 14th and Constitution Avenue NW.