We are looking forward to safely welcoming you back to the National Museum of Natural History on June 18. We are taking a number of precautions to ensure the health of our visitors and staff, including a new requirement that all visitors must reserve a timed-entry pass. Entry to the museum will be via our entrance on the National Mall. All visitors must exit the museum via Constitution Avenue.
In our initial reopening phase, Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center located on the Ground Floor will be closed. In addition, all exhibits on the museum's Second Floor will not be open with the exception of Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World and the Harry Winston Gallery where visitors will once again be able to view the Hope Diamond. Our cafes and shops will also be closed.
We encourage you to take a moment to review our safety requirements and to take a look at our FAQs below to prepare for your visit.
We can't wait to see you again.
Before You Visit
- Museum visitors, regardless of age, must have a free, timed-entry pass to enter.
- Visitors can acquire timed-entry passes by reserving them online or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1. Timed entry passes will be released on a rolling basis up to 30 days in advance.
- Visitors will be able to secure up to six passes maximum for personal use only.
- For the safety of our visitors and staff, groups larger than six are strictly prohibited.
- All children (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. At least one adult chaperone is required to accompany up to five children.
- Passes may not be sold or transferred. Passes are valid only for the issued date and time and void if altered.
- Visitors can choose to print timed-entry passes at home or show their timed-entry passes on their phone or other mobile device. Printed and digital passes will be scanned at the entrances.
- 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.
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. We're asking all visitors who are sick or feeling unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities.
We ask that all visitors over the age of two wear a face covering during their visit, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces.
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.