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National Museum of American History - Groups, Washington, DC

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Thank you for pre-registering your group. Please note that this is not a tour reservation.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s hours of operation are daily from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (closed December 25).

The following safety measures are in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local governments. We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health.

Please note that we may adjust our safety guidelines based on changing CDC COVID-19 Community Levels. We encourage visitors to regularly check our website before their visit for the latest guidelines. During this time, we are implementing the following safety measures: 

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.


As of March 11, 2022, masks are not required to visit Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo.

While it will not be required, all visitors who feel more comfortable wearing a face mask during their visit are encouraged to do so.

The Smithsonian welcomes millions of visitors each year. We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households and groups when possible, but our museums get crowded, especially during peak visitation times. Visitors who wish to avoid crowds are encouraged to plan their visit during weekdays.

Proof of Vaccination

Visitors are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to visit.

Personal Belongings 
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.

Visiting Tips

For more information, please visit our Plan Your Visit and Plan Your Field Trip pages, or email for assistance.

At this time we are not offering guided tours and programs, and the Draper Spark!Lab and Wegmans Wonderplace are closed. Please check our website on the day of your visit for updated information.

Groups will have the option to request accessibility accommodations on the registration page.

Pre-register your group for the National Museum of American History!   
General admission is free. 

We ask that groups provide one adult chaperone for every 5 students. For the comfort and safety of our visitors and staff, we strongly encourage breaking into groups no larger than twelve when touring the Museum.

Here’s how to register:   

Step 1:  
Choose a date from the calendar. 

Step 2:  
Select a time slot from the drop-down menu and click Confirm Time Slot to continue.