Plan your visit Our fall hours and health and safety protocols

Robles-Gordon installation with hanging quilts

We are pleased to announce our fall hours of operation!

We are open: August 28­­–December 12
Friday–Sunday only, 11AM–4PM

Reservations are not required for your visit. Admission is always free. Visitors must agree to our health and safety terms including wearing a mask and social distancing, regardless of vaccination status. We strongly encourage that eligible guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before visiting.

We are closed: Monday–Thursday and November 26-28 (Friday-Sunday) for Thanksgiving.

Groups may email to schedule a tour outside of regular operating hours (15 people maximum).

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Image: Successions: Traversing US Colonialism installation, featuring works by Amber Robles-Gordon. Photo: Greg Staley.

What's on view?

Successions: Traversing US Colonialism
Amber Robles-Gordon
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah
August 28–December 12, 2021

Diane Burko: Seeing Climate Change
Curated by Mary D. Garrard and Norma Broude
August 28–December 12, 2021

Philip Brookman: In the Light of Memory, 1969­–2021
Curated by Milena Kalinovska
August 28–December 12, 2021

Reveal: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery
Rebecca Kamen
Curated by Sarah Tanguy
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art
August 28–December 12, 2021

Inside Out: Artists in the Studio
Curated by Sarah Leary
August 28–December 12, 2021

Anil Revri: Into the Light
Curated by Eleanor Heartney
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space
October 16–December 12, 2021

Health & Safety Guidelines

Upon entering the museum, visitors must provide their contact information for contact tracing purposes.

All visitors must wear a mask over their face and mouth and maintain six feet of social distance from other visitors and museum staff at all times.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available for visitor use.
  • A maximum of 15 visitors will be allowed in each exhibition space at one time.
  • Elevator capacity is capped at 2 visitors.

Please do not bring:

  • Open food or drink.
  • Large personal belongings including backpacks and suitcases. We cannot hold these items for you, and they are not permitted in the museum.

These protocols may change as American University continues to monitor local and national guidelines.


Parking is available in the Katzen Arts Center garage. Parking is $2 per hour on weekdays and free on weekends. The museum is accessible by bus from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station. Learn more about getting to the museum.

American University Shuttles are reserved for AU students, faculty, and staff during the fall 2021 semester.

No, the museum store has not reopened. However, current exhibition catalogs will be available for purchase during your visit.