Visit the Museums

SAAM

Wed–Sun 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Holiday Hours: Closed September 6 and December 25, 2021

Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours: Closed September 6 and December 25, 2021

Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting

We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries! To keep us all safe, we ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.

We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups.

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. 

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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Face coverings worn over the nose and mouth are required for visitors two and older who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings during their visit. Face shields or any kind of face covering or mask with an exhalation valve are not permitted. 

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].

All children (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. At least one (1) adult chaperone is required to accompany up to five (5) children.

The Courtyard Café in SAAM's main building is temporarily closed. Tables and limited seating have been restored in the Kogod Courtyard and the Luce Foundation Center. Visitors are permitted to bring in food and beverages to be consumed in designated spaces in the Kogod Courtyard only; alcoholic beverages and food for groups is not permitted. Outside food is not permitted at the Renwick Gallery, except for bottled water that may be consumed in designated areas.

The museum stores are open for in-person shopping for visitors with timed-entry passes, and our stores are always open online

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 by person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite our best efforts, 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

No, tickets are not required to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum or its Renwick Gallery. As of July 20, 2021, passes are no longer required to visit. All passes issued for July 21–August 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry.

No, tickets are not required to visit the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As of July 20, 2021, passes are no longer required to visit. All passes issued for July 21–August 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry.

Yes, face coverings worn over the nose and mouth are required for all visitors two and older who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings during their visit. Face shields or any kind of face covering or mask with an exhalation valve are not permitted. 

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.
 

We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups. At higher capacities, it is difficult to enforce social distancing and some spaces in the museum may be crowded. We encourage visitors to take this into consideration when planning their visit. 

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.