The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in D.C. will reopen to the public next month.
The NMAAHC — the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture — will reopen on Friday, May 14, the Smithsonian recently announced.
Seven other Smithsonian-ran facilities — including the National Zoo, National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of the American Indian — will also reopen in May.
“All locations will reopen with added health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Smithsonian said in a statement.
Visitors will need to reserve free timed-entry passes for all locations. All other Smithsonian museums will remain temporarily closed to the public.
The NMAAHC, along with the other Smithsonian museums closed due to the pandemic in 2020. It temporarily reopened in October but closed again on Nov. 23.
To protect the health of visitors and staff, safety measures based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources will include:
• Requesting that all visitors who are sick or do not feel well stay home.
• Requiring visitors ages 2 and older to wear face coverings
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