The National Museum of American History, along with the National Museum of the American Indian, reopened to the public on Friday, September 25.
The National Museum of American History, along with the National Museum of the American Indian, reopened to the public on Friday, September 25. We will reopen with new health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with reduced days and hours. Please visit our website or read below to learn more.
The museum has taken preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. You will notice changes to how you visit the museum, such as requiring each visitor to reserve a free timed-entry pass and to follow the safety requirements listed below.
All visitors, including members of the news media, photographers and film crews, need a pass.
To make reservations, please visit si.edu/visit.
Open Friday through Tuesday, except December 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with last entry at 3:30 p.m.).
Draper Spark!Lab and Wegmans Wonderplace are currently closed.
Museum entry is only available through the Constitution Avenue entrance on the first floor. Visitors will exit the building to Madison Avenue on the second floor.
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions--
Opening Oct. 9
Girlhood (It's Complicated)
While the nursery rhyme tells us that girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, history demonstrates that girls are made of stronger stuff. "Girlhood (It's Complicated)" showcases how girls have been on the frontlines of change and how they have made an impact on all aspects of American life. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. Spanning a timeframe of more than 200 years and showcasing approximately 200 objects, including some never before seen artifacts, the exhibition examines the ways American girls, from Helen Keller to Minnijean Brown to Naomi Wadler, have spoken up, challenged expectations and used their voices to effect change.
Now on View:
Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage
Opened March 6, 2020; Closes TBD
Creating Icons: How We Remember Womens Suffrage highlights womens achievements in winning suffrage while inviting audiences to explore how the country celebrates milestones, what we as a nation remember, what (and who) has been forgotten or silenced over time, and how those exclusions helped create the cracks and fissures in a movement that continue to impact womens politics and activism. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a six-foot tall portrait of Susan B. Anthony painted by Sarah J. Eddy in 1900. It also features items donated between 1919 and 1920 by the National American Womens Suffrage Association (now the League of Women Voters), materials related to Adelaide Johnson and Alice Paul, and contemporary items from the 2017 Womens March as well as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosis gavel.
Who Pays for Education
Thematic Case in Giving in America
Opened Sept. 25, 2020; Closes TBD
Philanthropy to support education is the focus of the updated exhibition Giving in America, which looks at the historical role of philanthropy in shaping the United States. Since the nations beginning, Americans have grappled with who gets educated and who pays for education. The update will feature objects from women educators like Nannie Helen Burroughs, who founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in 1909 in Washington, D.C., and an Oklahoma teacher who made headlines for her roadside fundraising sign in 2017.
- Dining and shopping
- Our main museum stores are currently closed. Please visit our kiosk shop near the Ruby Slippers display, 3 West.
- In addition, our cafes are currently closed. Food and drink other than bottled water are not permitted inside the museum.
- Foreign language information
Right Proper Brewing Company–Brookland Production House
Right Proper's Brookland Tasting Room offers a view of the production brewery in a cozy space filled with reclaimed cherry wood and a slightly disturbing chalk art mural.