Happy Holidays! The Smithsonian is Closed on Christmas Day

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ on the National Mall

Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse Smithsonian Gardens
Smithsonian Gardens
Smithsonian Gardens
Smithsonian Gardens
National Museum of African American History and Culture Smithsonian Gardens
National Museum of American History Smithsonian Gardens
Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Gardens
Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Gardens
National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Gardens
National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Gardens


Twas the Night Before Christmas

and here on the Mall,

Not a creature was stirring in the museum's vast halls

Full of objects and trinkets selected with care

By curators hoping you'd all soon be there.

Alas and alack, on only one day of the year,

The Smithsonian closes. But don't shed a tear—

The day after Christmas the doors will swing wide

To let you all in. But until then, enjoy a few slides.

(Well really, they're photos–you know what we mean)

Of gardens and buildings that look really keen

They're all gussied up for the holiday season.

We're pretty darn sure you'll find them appeasing.