Visit the Museums

SAAM

Wed–Sun 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Holiday Hours: Closed May 31 and December 25

Free timed-entry passes are now available. 

Get a Free Timed-Entry Pass

 

Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours: Closed May 31 and December 25

Free timed-entry passes are now available. 

Get a Free Timed-Entry Pass

 

Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting

We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries! To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and safety measures in place. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.  Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.

Timed-Entry Passes

For your safety we're limiting the number of guests in the museums and utilizing free timed-entry passes at SAAM and the Renwick Gallery. Separate passes are required to visit each location. 

If Sick, Stay Home

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We’re asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home.

Face Coverings

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Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit regardless of vaccination status. Face shields or any kind of face covering or mask with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth. Face coverings may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.

Social Distancing

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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 the museum.

Hygiene

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Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the museum.

Personal Belongings

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We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring to SAAM and the Renwick Gallery. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask you to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on your front, to protect the artworks. Please note that we do not offer coat check or bag storage at this time. Strollers are permitted in the galleries. 

Free, Timed-Entry Passes

All visitors, regardless of age, must have a free, timed-entry pass to enter each location. A separate pass is required to visit to SAAM and the Renwick Gallery.

Visitors can reserve timed-entry passes online or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1. Passes are available 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.

The last timed-entry admittance is at 6 p.m. for SAAM's main building and at 4:30 p.m. for the Renwick Gallery to ensure visitors have ample time in the galleries.

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 for SAAM will be scanned at the museum’s entrance at 8th and G Streets NW. Printed and digital passes will be scanned at the Renwick Gallery's entrance at 17th Street NW and at the accessible lower entrance on 17th Street NW.

Each pass allows for one (1) re-entry opportunity on the date specified on the pass.

Visiting Tips: What’s New

The entrance to SAAM's main building, at 8th and G Streets NW, is the only open entrance at this time; the museum’s F Street entrance is closed temporarily.

As a health and safety precaution, we are not offering printed floor plans at this time. To find your way around you may use the museum’s free Wi-Fi to access a digital Smithsonian American Art Museum Map [PDF] and a digital Renwick Gallery Map [PDF].

Bringing in outside food is not permitted at either location. Closed water bottles are allowed in designated areas. The Courtyard Café in SAAM's main building is temporarily closed.

The museum stores are closed currently. Please check back for store updates or shop online.

Tables and seating have been removed from the Kogod Courtyard and the Luce Foundation Center to promote safe social distancing.

Our Locations

The Smithsonian American Art Museum shares its collections, programs, and exhibitions in two locations in Washington, DC. SAAM’s main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district, while its branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative art, the Renwick Gallery, is located nine blocks west, near the White House.

More on Visiting SAAM

American art museum featuring works from the colonial era to the present

8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 

More on Visiting Renwick

Branch museum featuring contemporary craft and decorative arts

Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Exhibitions at SAAM

Exhibitions at Renwick

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, or 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.

FAQ

Yes, free, timed-entry passes are required for all visitors to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. Separate passes must be reserved for each location.

Yes, free, timed-entry passes are required for all visitors to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. Separate passes must be reserved for each location.

Yes, visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit regardless of vaccination status. Face shields or any kind of face covering or mask with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.

Yes. Admission to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery is free.

No. Staff will not be taking guests’ temperatures at this time. If you feel unwell, please stay home.
 

Yes. We’ve made changes inside the museum to allow staff, volunteers and guests to appropriately social distance. You'll see signs throughout the museum to help you follow these guidelines. We’ve also limited the number of guests that can be in the museum at one time by requiring all visitors reserve a timed-entry pass. 

The bathrooms and high-touch areas, such as doors, will be cleaned more frequently throughout each day.

Bathrooms are open throughout the museum for you to wash your hands. Sanitizing stations are strategically placed throughout the museum at frequently touched areas. We also encourage guests to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal use throughout the museum.