The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery’s hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM (closed December 25).
To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and implemented 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.
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.
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 visitors two and older who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings during their visit.
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.
For more information to plan your visit, please visit Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Visitors will have the option to request accessibility accommodations on the registration page.
Reserve your time slot for the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum by selecting an available date on the calendar above. General admission is free. This pass will be good for entry to both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.