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National Museum of Natural History

The below pre-visit material are designed for the National Museum of Natural History. The museum is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. At the entrance, Museum security staff will perform a hand-check of all bags, and families will be asked to walk through a metal detector before proceeding to the exhibit area.


The following downloadable information was developed to prepare your family for your visit to the museum.


Should you have any questions or comments about the project or the procedures for the day, or to register for Morning at the Museum please contact the Smithsonian Accessibility Program at (202) 633-2921.


We hope you enjoy Morning at the Museum!

Tip Sheet

Tip Sheet & Sensory Tip Sheet »

The "Tip Sheet" includes directions on how to get to and enter the museum, including parking information, as well as tips on things to bring or be aware of to make your museum experience enjoyable for your family.


The "Sensory Tip Sheet" provides information on various sensory experiences that will occur in different parts of the exhibit. A parent may also select a particular gallery or avoid certain sensory experiences based on individual sensory needs.

Sensory Tip Sheet

Activity Book »


Prepare for your Morning at the Museum with this activity book. Color the pictures of mammals and print out the stamp page to bring to the event.  At Morning at the Museum there will be “stamp stations” where kids can get their mammals stamps.  Pages fit easily into an 8 1/2 x 5 ½  mini binders.  These binders can also hold photo pages so your family can remember your visit.  Add pages to your book at every Morning at the Museum.

Social Stories

Social Stories »


The "Social Stories" for the Natural History Museum Morning at the Museum include Stories for a variety of learning levels. They describe a range of topics relevant to a visit to this exhibit. There are Stories that address what to expect at the museum, museum rules and routines, safety information, and more.

Story Time Activity

Animal Yoga Guide »


Learn how to pose like the mammals.  In this guide, you will find illustrations of the various animal yoga poses and ways to incorporate this exercise into your weekly routine.     

Visual Schedule

Beginner Activity Guide »


The “Beginner Activity Guide” have been created to help engage children into the content of this exhibit. A beginner level guide describes topics of the early survival skills and evolution to a younger audience. Within this guide, a visual find-and-seek accompanies exhibit content information.

Advanced Activity Guide

Advanced Activity Guide »


The “Advanced Activity Guide” have been created to help engage children into the content of this exhibit. An advanced level guide takes adolescences through the journey of human evolution past, present, and future. Here adolescences will engage in the content of the exhibit through a scavenger hunt.

Museum Activity #3

Visiting a Museum »


A resource describing common behaviors necessary for an enjoyable visit for participants.

Museum Map

Museum Map »


A map of the museum, Family restrooms, “Take a Break” space, "Stamp Stations", and exhibitions..