Visitors: Please note that the Giant Panda House is closed until further notice while cub Bei Bei recovers from surgery. Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Bao Bao are still visible in their outdoor yards. 


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Visit the Zoo!

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 9:00 pm (Now open late for ZooLights!)
Exhibit Buildings: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Amazonia & Bird House open 10 am Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Think Tank are open during ZooLights!
Dining & Shopping: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Visitor Center: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

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.