Smithsonian Museums Opening Dates - Anne Arundel Moms

D.C.’s Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo have announced opening dates as they slowly welcome back the public. Take a look at the released dates and the guidelines the institutions are taking to ensure staff and visitor health and safety. Make sure you follow the link the reserve your passes before arrival!

May 5th

National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

May 14th

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum

May 21st

National Museum of American History

National Museum of the American Indian

National Zoo


Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting

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.

If Sick, Stay Home

We’re asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home.

Face Coverings

Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces.

Face coverings should fit properly, covering the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face, and they should have at least two layers. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a face covering but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.

Social Distancing

Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. There will be social-distancing signage and directions 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.

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 checkpoints, helping us all maintain a safe social distance. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage.

(Source: Smithsonian Institution)


Click here to reserve free timed entry passes and read more about the efforts Smithsonian staff are taking to ensure visitors’ health and safety.


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