National Children's Museum
Inspiring children to care about and change the world.
Through interactive exhibitions exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), National Children’s Museum is uniquely poised to develop young minds.
Celebrating the joy of modern childhood, the Museum will spark curiosity and ignite creativity for children from birth to age 12 and engage the whole family.
Founded in 1974 as the Capital Children’s Museum, the Museum has served the region’s youngest learners for over 45 years. In its previous Northeast DC location near Capitol Hill, the Museum was an educational play space and a community center.
The Museum was renamed in 2003 when the U.S. Congress designated it as National Children’s Museum.
From 2012 to 2015, a small location was open at the National Harbor but closed in preparation for the Museum's next chapter in downtown Washington, DC.
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Between 2015 and 2018, National Children's Museum continued to partner with local schools, libraries, nonprofits, and the wider museum community through programming and donations.
For eight consecutive years, the Museum provided programming for the White House Easter Egg Roll, among various other national events.
Reopening in November 2019 at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, National Children's Museum is excited to welcome local children and caregivers as well as families visiting the nation's capital. As a hybrid children's museum and science center, the Museum will provide a playful learning experience dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.