After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the National Museum of African Art is excited to reopen to the public on Friday, July 16. The Smithsonian has worked to create a safe environment for visitors and staff. You will notice some changes before and during your visit. First and foremost, you will need a free-timed entry pass to enter the museum. Check back soon for information on how to reserve your passes. Visitors must also follow the safety requirements listed below.
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave SW
Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
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.
COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread from person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission intensity, and we ask you—our visitors—to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Smithsonian, including instructions about wearing face coverings and social distancing. Despite these measures, the risk of contracting COVID-19 could increase by visiting the Smithsonian. By visiting the Smithsonian, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.