The Smithsonian Museums and The National Zoo Are Open
All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are open.
Don't miss out on all the events and happenings, all scheduled as planned. Tarantula feedings at the Natural History Museum. A special tour of the Kinsey Collections at American History. An Earth Day celebration at the American Art Museum.
And here's a list of all the exhibitions that are on view. For the first time, the Freer Gallery's renowned Peacock Room has been restored to its appearance in 1908, when the museum's founder Charles Lang Freer used it to organize and display more than 250 ceramics from all over Asia. The new exhibition, The Peacock Room Comes to America, debuts today.
Other don't-miss exhibitions and landmark Smithsonian artifacts like the Hope Diamond, Julia Child's kitchen, the Ruby Slippers, The Wright Flyer, The First Ladies exhibition can be found at the following Smithsonian museum locations:
- The Smithsonian Castle
- The Carousel on the National Mall
- The Ripley Center and International Gallery
- The National Museum of American History
- The National Museum of Natural History
- The National Air and Space Museum
- The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum
- The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
- The National Portrait Gallery
- The Freer and Sackler Galleries
- The Hirshhorn Museum
- The African Art Museum
- The National Museum of the American Indian
- The National Postal Museum
- The National Zoo
- The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
- The George Gusav Heye Center in New York City
This weekend marks a special time for Smithsonian visitors and the Institution's spokesperson Linda St. Thomas expressed her delight that the museums were all open for business this weekend: "People have planned for months, or a year or more, for their spring visits to Washington, which always includes visits to the museums and the Zoo. If it were up to us, we would never shut down. That’s why we are only closed one day a year—Christmas Day."
Of course spring time is also is presenting Smithsonian photographer Eric Long with some of the most exquisite visual opportunities, enjoy this gallery before gearing up to head out.