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Visitor Information
Smithsonian IMAX Theaters
Discovery Theater
Group Tours
Albert Einstein Planetarium
Smithsonian Information Center
Smithsonian Information Center
Start your visit at the Smithsonian Information Center in the Castle, open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm, your gateway to learning about the Smithsonian's 19 museums and 9 research centers.
More about the Smithsonian Information Center
What's New?

What's New?
Complete list of new exhibitions at the Smithsonian

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Seasonal Sampler Seasonal Sampler
(PDF 2 pages)
Quick guide to new exhibitions and events
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Tours Free Tours
Most museums offer free highlights tours
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Attractions for Kids
Attractions for Kids
The Smithsonian Institution offers endless opportunities to stimulate the imaginations of growing minds.
Visitor Information for Kids & Families
Events for Kids & Families
Activities for Kids & Families
Free Admission
Admission is free for all Smithsonian museums and the zoo in Washington, D.C., and the American Indian Museum's George Gustav Heye Center in New York. Tickets are not used for general admission.
A fee is required at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (Members and children under age 12 are admitted free).

Most museums are open daily, 10am-5:30pm, except December 25.

More about Hours
Visitor Guides
Explore>>Plan your trip
(online planning tool)
Grandparents' Guide to the Smithsonian Grandparents' Guide to the Smithsonian
(72 page book and map)
Exploring African American Heritage at the Smithsonian Exploring African American Heritage at the Smithsonian

Look for exhibition related podcasts to enhance your visit and create your own personal tour

Smithsonian Podcasts
Security Enhancements

Security officers hand-check all bags, purses, briefcases, suitcases, etc.

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Smithsonian Across America
Discovery Theater Use the Smithsonian across America website to find Smithsonian exhibitions and Affiliate Museums in your community
Smithsonian across America
phone Phone 202.633.1000 (voice/tape) or 202.633.5285 (TTY)
email Email
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New Exhibitions
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Events for Kids
Events for kids and families
Evening Events
Events after 5pm
Museum Information
African Art Museum
Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center
American Art Museum
American History Museum
American Indian Museum on the Mall
Anacostia Community Museum
Freer and Sackler Galleries (Asian art)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (modern and contemporary art)
National Zoo
Natural History Museum
Portrait Gallery
Postal Museum
Renwick Gallery (American crafts)
Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle (visitor information)
American Indian Museum, Heye Center
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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