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The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is always free of charge and open 364 days a year. Due to COVID-10, new safety procedures and guidelines are in place to provide a safe and great experience for visitors, staff and animals, including:
New Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., last admittance 3 p.m.
Entry Passes: Admission to the Zoo is free, but all guests must reserve entry passes online before visiting the Zoo. For more information and to reserve a pass, see the Entry Passes page.
Face Coverings: Visitors ages 6 and older are required to wear face coverings (that cover the nose and mouth) during their visit, including while outside. Face coverings are also strongly recommended for visitors between the ages of 2 and 6, per CDC guidelines. All staff will wear face coverings.
Social Distancing: Signs and markers throughout the park will help you follow safety guidelines and remind you to practice social distancing.
Explore the Visit section to learn more and to prepare for your upcoming visit. Please note that some areas of the Zoo remain closed for safety. For an up-to-date list of closed exhibits and attractions, see the Plan Your Visit page.