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.
Please be aware that certain attractions, including the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel, along with animal demonstrations and outdoor animal viewing, are weather dependent.
- During peak visitation days at the Zoo, visitors may be greeted upon entry by one of the security personnel who will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, strollers, briefcases, purses and containers. Visitors may also be hand-screened with an electronic wand. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry to the Zoo may be longer than usual during peak seasons and holidays. We ask for your patience, cooperation and assistance in keeping everyone safe. Learn more information about the Smithsonian's security policy and practices.
- The Bird House is closed in preparation for a new exhibit, Experience Migration.
- Kids' Farm will remain open during lower Zoo construction, but please be advised that pathways may change and the route through Kids' Farm may require a longer walk than in the past.