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National Children's Museum, National Harbor

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The National Children's Museum is a children's museum and science center in downtown Washington, D.C. It is intended to serve children up to age 12 and their families through interactive exhibits exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Founded in 1974, the museum operated from 1979 to 2004 at 220 H Street, NE. It then operated as a “museum without walls,” until 2009, when it opened a new location in National Harbor, Maryland. That closed in 2015. A new location opened on February 24, 2020, in the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, before temporarily closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum reopened on September 2, 2021.

The museum's mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. The museum received a U.S. Congressional designation in 2003 when Congress identified a need for a nationally recognized cultural and educational institution specifically for children.
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  • A little pricey, but my grandson enjoyed it. There are several hands on crafts for the little ones to enjoy. I feel the parents should be free, as there is nothing in the museum for them. 
    A little pricey, but my grandson enjoyed it. There are several hands on crafts for the little ones to enjoy. I feel the parents should be free, as there is nothing in the museum for them.  more »
  • Sadly, the most important thing to know is that the location in National Harbor has closed (as of Jan 5, 2015). We went two days before it closed, and to museum's credit, the staff was an engaged... 
    Sadly, the most important thing to know is that the location in National Harbor has closed (as of Jan 5, 2015). We went two days before it closed, and to museum's credit, the staff was an engaged...  more »
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  • We took guests visiting us here, we too had never been! What a wonderful and interactive museum. Our 6 kids combined ranged between 12 to 3 years old, each and everyone was having a wonderful time. 2 hours flew by and we could have stayed longer if they were not closing. There are areas for even the youngest tots. Loads of play and learning! The museum is big.
  • Had a great time at the Children's Museum with our two year old! He loved all of the activities/exhibits, especially Thomas & Friends. There was a good assortment of things to do from physical climbing, dress up, building, exploring. Our little guy didn't what to leave one activity for the next, but always love the next one too! The space has a very clean and open feel and was not overly crowded.

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