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10 Kid-Friendly Museums in DC | Living in Washington DC

Appleton Properties | September 29, 2017
Entry National Museum of Natural History

Entrance to the National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC features an incredible selection of museums filled with interactive exhibits and fun activities geared towards children. If you’re looking for a fun place to go to with your kids this weekend, here are some of the best kid-friendly museums in the DC area:

National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1000

The National Museum of Natural History is very popular with many young visitors, with its impressive collection of over 125 million natural specimens and cultural artifacts. Children can explore the museum’s insect zoo, see the live coral reef exhibit, and view the museum’s fascinating collection of dinosaur skeletons.

National Air and Space Museum

Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW,
Washington, DC
(202) 357-2700

The National Air and Space Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. Here, kids can explore 22 expansive exhibition galleries featuring hundreds of legendary artifacts, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module.

National Geographic Museum

1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC
202) 857-7700

The National Geographic Museum offers an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. The museum features a wide variety of changing exhibitions which showcase stunning photography by some of the magazine’s top photographers, as well as several interactive experiences. The museum offers free admission to children five years old and below.

International Spy Museum

800 F St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 393-7798

Treat your kids to a thrilling adventure at the International Spy Museum, which houses the largest collection of international espionage artifacts in the world. The museum allows visitors of all ages to adopt a new identity, search for spies, and become subjects of covert surveillance through adrenaline-pumping interactive exhibits and immersive environments.

National Building Museum

401 F St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 272-2448

Located just four blocks away from the National Mall, the National Building Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the wonders of architecture. Here, kids will be able to enjoy interactive exhibits like the Building Zone, where they can build a house, ride a bulldozer, and try out different tools and equipment.

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 387-2151

Located in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, The Phillips Collection is an internationally acclaimed museum that features a collection of inspiring impressionist and modern works from artists such as van Gogh, Renoir, Bonnard, Rothko, and O’Keeffe. The museum provides families with a “Discovery Pack,” a set of kid-friendly cards that can serve as their own guide to the museum.

National Postal Museum

2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC
(202) 633-5555

The National Postal Museum offers a variety of interactive activities for children. Young visitors get fun opportunities to design their own stamp, mail a postcard, ride in a stage coach, organize packages in a mail room, and other fun activities.

National Museum of the American Indian

4th St. & Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC
(202) 633-6644

The National Museum of the American Indian gives kids a one-of-a-kind look at ancient cultures through their imagiNATIONS Activity Center. This part of the museum has several interactive features that include a full-sized tipi, an Amazonian stilt house, a Pueblo adobe house, a basket weaving section, and many more.

Madame Tussauds Washington, DC

1001 F St. NW (corner of 10th & F St. NW)
Washington, DC
(202) 942-7300

Get to see lifelike wax figures of celebrities, musicians, and sports heroes at Madame Tussauds! One of the special features of the museum’s Washington DC branch is the Presidents Gallery, which features figures of all 45 US Presidents.

US Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC
(202) 225-8333

Established in 1820, the US Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the entire country. This attraction features a wide variety of exhibits, tours, and programs for all ages, including a scavenger hunt and a Children’s Garden where kids can learn how to care for plants.

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