Saturday, January 29, 2022, all Washington, D.C.–area museums will delay opening until noon due to inclement weather. The National Zoo and the Cooper Hewitt will be closed.

As we continue a gradual, phased reopening of the museum, we’re putting safety first with enhanced measures in place to ensure the well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff. Visitors must follow the safety requirements listed on this page. Certain spaces within the museum remain closed, and others may close unexpectedly to ensure that health and safety protocols can be maintained.

Timed-entry passes are not required.

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW
Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m

See Directions

Visitor Requirements

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

Plan Your Visit

  1. Before you come:
    • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to make your visit easier and more enjoyable.
    • Pack your face covering, which is required for visitors 2 and older while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Access or print out the floor plan of the museum.
    • Prepare for the security screening that is required to enter the building by minimizing large bags. Bags larger than 17 × 26 inches (43 × 66 centimeters) are not permitted inside the museum. Nothing is permitted to be carried on one’s back. Lockers are available for bag storage.
  2. While you’re here:
    • Wear a face covering, which is required for visitors 2 and older while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth.
    • Practice social distancing, staying at least six feet from visitors who are not members of your party.
    • Wash your hands and use our free hand sanitizer, available throughout the museum.
    • If you need help during your visit, speak to a staff member near the front entrance.
  3. When you leave:
    • Stay connected to museum resources with Asian Art at Home, and share photos of your visit on social media by using #SmithsonianAsianArt and tagging @freersackler on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Phone: 202.633.1000
Smithsonian information specialists are also available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.

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.

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