After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the National Museum of African Art is open. Timed entry passes will not be required.
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave SW
The museum will be closed to the public until January 8, 2022.
Starting January 8th we will open on Saturday and Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will be closed Monday–Friday.
Beginning January 19th, we will be open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will remain closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission is free.
All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Maintain a safe social distance
Wash hands, sanitize, and practice good hygiene
Personal belongings and bags are subject to a thorough search; we encourage visitors to limit the number of personal belongings they bring into our facility.
Available During Your Visit
The list below specifies the exhibitions and areas of the museum that are currently open as well as those that are closed or unavailable due to precautions related to COVID-19.
Heroes: Principles of African Greatness
I Am . . . Contemporary Women Artists of Africa
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts
Currents: Water in African Art
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Warren M. Robbins Library
Smithsonian information specialists are also available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operations, capacity, and visitor guidelines as circumstances require and to deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.
Vaccines and Us
Vaccines & US was created through a collaboration of the Smithsonian with cultural organizations in communities across the nation. Through Vaccines & US, we hope to build understanding of our current moment, where we’ve been, and where we go from here.