Come Visit Us!

Smithsonian Gardens is open to the public every day except December 25.

Admission is free.

When can I visit?

The Enid A. Haupt Garden is open daily dawn to dusk, except December 25. All our other gardens are open 24 hours a day.

During construction on the Smithsonian Castle, the Enid A. Haupt Garden will remain open. Pedestrian routes on both sides of the Castle will allow access from the National Mall to the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the garden.

What is there to do?


How can I take a tour?

Weekly tours of the Enid A. Haupt Garden are offered Wednesdays at 10 a.m., June 14 – September 27, 2023. Free. No reservation required. Approx. 40 minutes.  Weather permitting. No tours on federal holidays. Meet one of our knowledgeable docents by the tour sign in the Enid A. Haupt Garden near the tour sign at the south entrance to the Smithsonian Castle.

If you are interested in requesting a garden tour for a group of ten or more, please complete our group tour request form.

Tour requests must be submitted at least three weeks in advance.

Group garden tours are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Submitting a request does not guarantee a reservation. A member of our staff will contact you to discuss tour scheduling. Unfortunately, no weekend tours are available at this time.

For questions about tours, call 202.633.5840 or email

Where are the gardens located?

The Smithsonian’s gardens are located on the National Mall and in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in downtown Washington, D.C.

View our Gardens Map to see the locations of our 14 gardens and landscapes.

How do I get there?


Information for Visitors

Gardens and Safety
Enjoy the plants and trees in our gardens but please don’t pick or climb them! For your safety and the safety of the plants, please stay on the marked paths and refrain from playing on rocks or in the fountains or other water features.

The majority of the gardens are accessible and offer paved paths. The Victory Garden at the National Museum of Natural History features gravel walkways in some areas.

Photography and Filming
Photography and filming for noncommercial use is welcome in all of the gardens. For the safety of our visitors and plants, devices such as tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks are not permitted. Please stay on designated paths and do not impede the flow of visitors while taking pictures or filming.

Casual individual or small group photo sessions are allowed as long as they do not obstruct the designated garden paths, are not staged on the grassy areas or behind any roped off areas, and do not require the use of tripods or supplemental lighting set-ups. Smithsonian Security reserves the right to stop any photo session if there is a concern about the safety of visitors or threat to Smithsonian property including plants, outdoor sculptures or artifacts.

Smithsonian prohibits photography intended for advertising or any other commercial purpose without approval. Commercial photography and media requests should be directed to the museum’s Public Affairs Office. Working members of the media must be escorted by a museum staff member while in the building or garden.

If you are a professional filmmaker, you must submit a filming request to produce films related to the Museum.

No Special Events and Weddings until further notice

Service Animals and Pets
Service animals are welcome in all of the gardens.

Pets are permitted in all Smithsonian gardens except the Enid A. Haupt Garden and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Please keep pets on a leash and on designated pathways at all times.

Please note, access to restrooms will be limited.

Visitors are welcome to eat in the many seating areas found throughout the gardens. Picnicking on the grass or in roped-off areas is not allowed. Dining facilities are located inside each of the Smithsonian museums and the Smithsonian Castle.

Transportation and Parking
Public transportation is encouraged. Limited on-street parking is available in areas near the gardens, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities. You can book guaranteed parking in nearby garages in advance with ParkWhiz. Note: ParkWhiz is a third-party vendor (ParkWhiz Privacy Policy).

Bus parking on the National Mall is discouraged. There are several areas where tour buses can park on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on bus parking sites, contact the National Park Service Mall Operations Office at 202.426.6841.

Smoking is prohibited in all Smithsonian gardens.

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