We hope this list of tips and FAQs will make your visit to the museum easier and more enjoyable. Staff are also available to answer your questions. Please see the museum’s Visit Page for visitor safety requirements related to COVID-19.

When is the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery reopening?

The Sackler Gallery will remain closed until November due to exhibition construction.

What safety precautions is the museum taking?

The museum’s top priority is the safety of our visitors and staff. We’ve put specific measures in place to keep everyone safe, such as requiring masks for all visitors ages 2 and older while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

We ask that our visitors help us and those around them by doing their part to keep everyone safe by wearing a face covering; practicing social distancing; and washing hands frequently before, during, and after their visit.

Are visitors required to reserved timed-entry passes?

No, we do not require timed-entry passes for admission to the museum.

Are visitors required to wear masks?

All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

What is the museum’s bag policy?

Security personnel may inspect bags, parcels, and similar items. Bags larger than 17 x 26 inches (43 x 66 centimeters) are not permitted inside the museum. Nothing is permitted to be carried on one’s back. Lockers will be available for bag storage on a first come, first served basis at the Freer entrance on Jefferson Avenue.

Will the museum provide educational programming or reserved tours for groups?

Not currently. We hope to offer on-site reservable programs again in spring 2022. We have a greater variety of distance programming available at asia.si.edu/events.

Will wheelchairs be available for visitors to use?

For your comfort, manual wheelchairs can be borrowed by asking a security officer stationed at the museum’s accessible entrance on Independence Ave. SW.

Will water fountains be accessible in the museum?

Water fountains will be accessible, with reminders about hygiene and social distancing.

Will lockers be accessible in the museum?

Lockers will be accessible during your visit.  

Can I take photographs in the museum?

You are invited to use non-flash photography except where specifically prohibited. Devices such as tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted.

The Smithsonian may film, photograph, live stream, or otherwise record in the museums. By your presence, you consent to the use of your image and statements and those of your minor children in connection with Smithsonian activities in any media.