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EXHIBIT CLOSURE NOTICE: Amazonia will be closed Sept. 29 due to inclement weather.

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Visit the Zoo!

Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Founded in 1889, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species.

Today's Hours

Grounds: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm (last admittance 6 pm)
Exhibit Buildings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Shops: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Visitor Center: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Upcoming Early Closings & Late Openings

Oct. 21, 22, 23 | Early Closure for Boo at the Zoo

  • 3 p.m. | Vehicular gates close to public. Zoo closes from below the Small Mammal House to the Cross Roads including Great Apes, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Great Cats, the carousel, and the Mane Grill
  • 3:30 p.m. | Small Mammal House, Elephant Community Center, Panda House, Bird House, Kids’ Farm, Amazonia, close
  • 4 p.m. } Entire Zoo closes

Oct. 28 | Early Closure for Night of the Living Zoo 

  • 3 p.m. | The lower portion of the Zoo will close, including the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Dip N Dots, Think Tank, Carousel, Great Cats and Mane Grill

Today's Events

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Zoo Map

Looking for a panda, a cheetah, or perhaps a piranha? The Zoo map can help guide your Zoo adventure.

Parking & Directions

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is located in the heart of northwest Washington, D.C. and spans 163 acres. There are several entrances to the Zoo and all are pedestrian and vehicle-friendly.

FAQs & Tips for Visiting the Zoo

On this page you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions about visiting the Zoo.