Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last admittance 2:30 p.m.). Select animal buildings remain closed. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas.

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Dedicate an Auditorium Seat

Thank you for the generous contributions to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s auditorium seat nameplate sale. Nameplates are no longer available for purchase. Those currently appearing on selected seats will remain until 2023. At that time, donors to this campaign will be given first right of refusal to renew their nameplate inscription and seat location.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s auditorium has a new look, and you’re invited to take a seat!

For a limited time, you have the opportunity to honor a special person or acknowledge a loved one with a personalized nameplate on the seat of your choice — all while showing support for the Zoo’s mission to save species. The auditorium, located at the Zoo, is an important space for public education and wildlife conservation programming.

Nameplates will remain until 2023. Please note that your seat naming designation is not a seat reservation for programming in the auditorium.