With so much changing as Washington DC slowly reopens due to COVID-19, we are trying to keep all information updated. Note that opening hours, ticketing policies and procedures may vary. For the most up to date information, check the location’s individual website.
Museums that are currently open in Washington DC (these museums require timed tickets)
International Spy Museum
Museum of the Bible
All Smithsonian Museums & National Zoo, National Gallery of Art and Ford’s Theatre will close Monday November 23. They have not announced a reopening date.
The Smithsonian Institute consists of almost 20 museums and the National Zoo… and all are free to visit.
Located just off the historic U Street Corridor once known as Black Broadway, the African American Civil War Museum honors the 209, 125 members of the United States Colored Troops who fought during the American Civil War.
The museum is always free for individuals and groups and we recommend spending at least an hour.
Be sure to go across the street to visit the African American Civil War Memorial.
Washington DC has enough always-free museums to keep you occupied for weeks, but if you’re interested in some of the small specialty museums, you may want to find out how to save on admission costs to these.
You can visit the Heurich House (Brewmasters Castle) to attend one of the many events for free. You won’t get a full tour of the house but you can get a sneak peek. (Though the public tours only have a suggested donation of $5, they are worth it!)
The government and public buildings below are open to the public, though some require advance reservations or tickets at certain times of the year.
Click on the link for a comprehensive guide on how to visit each site.
And don’t forget, many of our walking tours include these buildings!
Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 3 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 Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the host 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 25 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.