Group Visits & Tours

All groups of ten or more planning to visit the NMAI in Washington, D.C., are strongly encouraged to reserve entry by contacting the Group Reservations Office via phone (202-633-6644; toll-free 888-618-0572; TTY [non-voice] 202-633-6751) or email Groups visiting the museum may also mail or fax a completed group registration form. Groups who do not wish to or who are unable to schedule a visit in advance may join the general entry line at any time during the day to enter the museum. A check room for coats or other personal items is not available.

Please note: Groups (e.g., school or home school classes, daycare, camp, or scout groups, etc.) are required to schedule entry time to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Groups may only register for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, in 30-minute increments (i.e., 10–10:30 AM; 10:30–11 AM, etc.). Groups must be pre-K to 4th grade only, and are limited to 30 students per timed entry, with a requirement of one chaperone for every five students. Registration requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance. To reserve a group entry time, contact Group Reservations at 202-633-6644. Please bring your confirmation letter on the day of your visit.

Summer 2016 Schedule (June, July, August)

Tours—Washington, DC

Gallery Tour
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:30–2:15 PM
Potomac Atrium, First Level
This presentation introduces visitors to the NMAI’s history and collection, and highlights one of the museum’s main exhibition galleries.

Programs—Washington, DC

Hok-Noth-Da for Families
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30–11 AM &
11:30 AM–12 PM

imagiNATIONS Activity Center, Third Level
Hok-noth-da—“Did you hear?” in the Shawnee language—is an interactive story program. People in all cultures tell stories—and those stories have always been a great way to teach children. Families are invited to hear stories from different Native communities.

Tours and programs are subject to change. Visit the Welcome Desk for more information.

Visit the NMAI online calendar for information on additional events and programming at the museum.