Thursday April 27th from 3:15-4:14 p.m. the Sackler Pavilion, Sackler Pavilion Entrance, and Sackler Pavilion elevator landing and stairwell will be closed to the public.

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. Certain spaces within the museum remain closed, and others may close unexpectedly to ensure that health and safety protocols can be maintained.

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed December 25
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed December 25

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Plan Your Visit

  1. Before you come:
    • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to make your visit easier and more enjoyable.
    • Access or print out the museum floor plan.
    • Prepare for the security screening that is required to enter the building by minimizing large bags.
  2. While you’re here:
    • 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 @NatAsianArt on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Visitor Guidelines

Bag Policies:

  • Security personnel may inspect bags, parcels, and similar items.
  • Bags larger than 17 Ă— 26 inches (43 Ă— 66 centimeters) are not permitted in the National Museum of Asian Art.
  • Nothing is permitted to be carried on one’s back.
  • Bags larger than 17 x 26 inches may be left in the locker room.
  • Bags that do not fit into lockers may be left at the owner’s risk.
  • No wheeled bags, such as luggage or wheeled backpacks, may be used in the galleries.

Vehicle Policies:

  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are permitted in the galleries.
  • Strollers that are pushed are allowed in the galleries.
  • No other vehicles are permitted in the galleries (wagons, bicycles, skateboards, electric/recreational scooters)

Food Policies:

  • Visitors are permitted to bring food and beverages in sealed containers inside a backpack or other bag. Food and beverages may not be consumed in the museum. We ask that visitors not drink water while in the galleries.

Photography Policies:

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

The National Museum of Asian Art is a part of the Smithsonian Institution. While on Smithsonian grounds, visitors are required to follow all Smithsonian policies, which can be found on the Smithsonian website here:


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 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.