Will the Smithsonian be open Inauguration Day?


Most Smithsonian museums will be open Inauguration Day. So your planned visit to Air and Space, Natural History Museum or American History Museum is still on. But because the museum doors on the Mall side will be closed, you will need to enter through doors on the opposite side of these museums.

  • Smithsonian museums are open.
  • Tours and other activities are cancelled for the day.
  • Forget finding parking anywhere in the area.
  • If you don’t already have tickets to African American History museum you won’t get in.


The two museums, the American Indian Museum and the Renwick Gallery however will be closed for Inauguration Day.

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