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More Options for Visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture Starting Feb. 1

January 27, 2017

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed more than 868,000 visitors since opening in September 2016. The system for obtaining group passes has been improved, and non-commercial groups of 10 or more—including schools, nonprofits and families—can schedule their visits up to one year in advance by completing and submitting an online form to the museum requesting preferred dates and times at Group reservations for schools and nonprofit organizations are not available by phone.

To obtain timed passes for the month of May:

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, advance timed passes for individual and family visits in May 2017 will be available online at or by calling 866-297-4020.

Online Same-Day Timed Passes: Visitors can obtain passes on the day of their planned visit starting at 6:30 a.m. on the museum’s website,

Walk-Up Passes: A limited number of walk-up passes will be available starting at 1 p.m. Monday–Friday. No walk-up passes will be available on weekends due to high visitation.

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Museum exterior with Washington Monument