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National Museum of African American History and Culture Timed-Entry Passes

National Museum of African American History and Culture - General Public, Washington, DC

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Accessibility Information

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.

All groups (schools, families, educational groups, etc.) larger than nine must use the
group reservation link.

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.
Personal Belongings
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. Lockers are available on L1.

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.

Visiting Tips
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 Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Café is open on Mondays from 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 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.