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News release, Smithsonian Institutes

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Smithsonian museums in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and in New York City, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14.

The health and safety of Smithsonian visitors, staff, and volunteers is a top priority. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and maintain ongoing communication with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis on our websites. Follow the Smithsonian on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for immediate updates @smithsonian.

In the meantime, we invite the public to explore the Smithsonian’s online resources by visiting www.si.edu and museum websites for more information on virtual exhibitions, online collections, and educational resources.