Tips for Visiting During Inauguration

Posted on Tue, January 17, 2017

Are you planning on visiting the Museum on Inauguration Day? If so, here are a few tips for your visit on Friday, January 20.

  • We will be open at our normal hours from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Admission is free, as is WiFi.
  • Visitors may enter through our entrance at 6th and Independence Avenue, SW. The National Mall (Jefferson Drive) entrance will be closed all day.
  • As always, walking may be the best way to get around. The Smithsonian metro station will be closed, and there will be significant road closures and disruptions. Visit for details.
  • Normal security screenings will take place and there may be lines. Find out what to expect, along with a list of prohibited items, to expedite entry.
  • All visitors’ services, including our restaurant, shops, and theaters will remain open.
  • However, regularly scheduled tours and public programs will be cancelled due to the crowded conditions in the Museum.
  • Plan ahead, and don’t be afraid to ask us questions. We’re here to help. You can email our visitor services team at or reach us on Twitter using #airspace. 
  • Share your visit with us @airandspace.

B-36 Aircraft Fly Over Truman's 1949 Inauguration

Convair B-36 aircraft fly over the Capitol for Harry S. Truman's inauguration, January 20, 1949.

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