The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed December 25). Visitors are able to enter the museum until 4:00 p.m.
Individuals can schedule their visits up to 30 days in advance. Passes are released throughout each day, beginning at 8:00 a.m., for time slots 30 days out. Same-day passes are released day of beginning at 8:15 a.m. If the calendar appears gray, all available passes are sold out.
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. Your visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be different. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.
We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
Face coverings are required for all visitors two and older in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status..
Please maintain a safe social distance 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, as they will be subject to a thorough search. 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.
Visitors will enter the museum from 15th Street and Madison Drive NW. Please be advised that the visitor’s entrance to the museum on 15th Street and Madison Drive NW is accessible. The museum exit is located on Constitution Avenue NW.
Every visitor, including infants, needs a timed-entry pass to visit the museum.
The Sweet Home Café is currently open Wednesday 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. If you have any further questions, contact Visitor Services at NMAAHCVisitorServices@si.edu.
Visitors will have the option to request accessibility accommodations on the registration page.
Reserve your time slot for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
General admission is free. Here’s how to register:
Choose a date from the calendar.
Select a time slot from the drop-down menu and click Confirm Time Slot to continue.