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Very Limited Food Service

The Museum’s cafeteria is being renovated to better serve our visitors. A temporary cafeteria featuring sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, and desserts is now open on our Second Floor.

A light menu is available at Café Natural on the ground floor. Seating is extremely limited.

Outside food is prohibited in the Museum. We are unable to provide designated seating for school or tour groups.


Open daily except Christmas, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM.


Admission is free to the museum and programs, except the Butterfly Pavilion, which is free Tuesdays only.

Street Address

The Museum is located at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560 (Mailing Address)


Learn more about accessibility at the Museum.


The ATM machine is located on the Ground Floor in Evans Gallery, across from the Museum Express Store.

Family Room

A family room is located on the First Floor and adjacent to the East Courtyard restrooms.

Pay Phones

Pay phones are located on the First Floor next to the East Court restrooms.


The Security Office is located on the Ground Floor in the North (Constitution Avenue) Lobby next to the elevators. Learn more about Smithsonian Security and Policies.

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