When you visit any Smithsonian building, you will discover that we have security measures
in place to ensure your safety and the safety of the objects contained within. At many
of our facilities, you'll be greeted upon entry by one of our security personnel who will
conduct a thorough hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, and containers. At some
museums, visitors are required to walk through a metal detector.
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our
facilities as they will be subject to a thorough search. Limiting the number of items
you bring will increase your speed through security checkpoints and help us all maintain
a safe social distance.