A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

Welcome to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Reopening Information for Visitors

Visiting the Museum

Open Wednesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., except December 25

The museum is closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday each week during the initial reopening phase.
Admission is free. Timed-entry passes are required.
Museum Address
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560
Ph. 1-844-750-3012
How do I reserve timed-entry passes?
  • All visitors must have a timed-entry pass.  
  • A limited number of timed-entry passes are available. 
  • Visitors can reserve timed-entry passes up to 30 days in advance on a rolling basis at 8:00 a.m. EST daily.
  • Passes are no longer released three months in advance.
  • Same-day timed-entry passes are released at 8:15 a.m. EST daily.
  • Visitors can reserve up to six timed-entry passes. 
  • Timed-entry passes may not be sold or transferred.

Schedule Your Visit

Museum News & Highlights

Entrance Make Good the Promises

New Exhibition “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies” Opens Sept. 24.

Exhibition spotlights African American visions of freedom and unmet promises following the Civil War, featuring more than 175 objects, 300 images and 14 media programs.
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From Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till: Black Lives Matter

On Sept. 24, the museum will display clothing and other items in possession of Trayvon Martin when he was fatally shot in 2012. The items will be a part of the Legacies Gallery in the “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies” exhibition.
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A Closer Look

Watch this short film featuring pivotal moments from the past five years and our vision for the future.

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The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American.

Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, NMAAHC