How to Get Tickets to Smithsonian Museums

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The Smithsonian Museums are reopening in 2021.

AS OF TUES JULY 20, 2021, TICKETS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO ENTER MOST SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS. 

THE NATIONAL ZOO AND NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE WILL STILL REQUIRE TICKETS 

So how do you get tickets to visit the Smithsonian in 2021?

  • Free timed passes are required for entrance to any of the Smithsonian Museums until July 20. As of July 20, only NMAAHC and National Zoo will require tickets.
  • You will be asked to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated and maintain physical distancing
  • Tickets are available for groups of 12 or less. Groups larger than 12 people are prohibited. However, you can only book up to 6 tickets at a time. Groups 6-12 will need to make two reservations.
  • You will need a ticket for each person, regardless of age.

OVERWHELMED? We offer private Smithsonian museum tours to groups of 5 or less of American History, National Gallery of Art, Natural History, National Archives, Air and Space and National Portrait Gallery! Find out more.


NATIONAL ZOO

Daily 8am - 4pm

Entrance to the National Zoo required timed tickets, and parking passes will need to be reserved in advance as well. While tickets are free, there is a fee to park at the Zoo lot. 

PANDAS: Heads up, there will be a second timed ticket needed to visit the Panda exhibit! When you arrive, look for the Panda statues with a QR code to get the ticket link. Tickets are released every hour for that time slot and they go quick. Expect to start refreshing at :29!


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE TICKETS

Wednesday - Sunday 10am-530pm

Even before COVID, this museum required timed tickets at busy times. Tickets are released at 8am each day for the next month 30 days out (so on May 26, you can book tickets for June 25.) They sell out within the first few minutes!

You can get same day tickets to the museum by checking online at 8:15am

Find out more about this museum on our article about the NMAAHC.


AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

NO TICKETS NEEDED

Udvar Hazy: Daily 10am-530pm

Reminder, this is the Air and Space Annex near Dulles Airport NOT THE ONE ON THE NATIONAL MALL. While you can get there on public transport or rideshare, a car is definitely the easiest way to go. It is a large hanger, great for spacing out!

Visitors can pay for parking as they leave the lot.

Read more about Udvar Hazy on our article here to see if it's something you'd like to visit but if you have a car to get out there we HIGHLY recommend it! It's also one of the easier ones to get tickets.

The Air and Space Museum on the National Mall reopens Friday July 30 for Thursday - Sunday 10am-530pm. Tickets will be released starting July 23. These will go FAST! 

 


RENWICK ART GALLERY

NO TICKETS NEEDED

Wednesday - Sunday 10am-530pm


NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY & AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

NO TICKETS NEEDED

Wednesday - Sunday 1130am-7pm. Please use the G Street Entrance.

We offer tours of the NPG! Find out more on our museum tour page.


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

NO TICKETS NEEDED

Friday - Tuesday 10am-530pm

We offer tours of the American History Museum! Find out more on our museum tour page.

 


MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

NO TICKETS NEEDED

Wednesday - Sunday 10am-530pm


NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

NO TICKETS NEEDED

Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 530pm. 

We offer tours of the Natural History! Find out more on our museum tour page.

Natural History Smithsonian


Other Smithsonian Museums that do not require timed tickets:

  • National Museums of Asian & African Art both reopen July 16
  • Anacostia Community Museum reopens August 6
  • Hirshhorn Museum reopens August 20
  • National Postal Museum reopens August 27 

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: octubre 6th, 2021
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