The National Zoo is closed today, March 1, due to inclement weather.
- Smithsonian museums & the National Zoo (DC, VA)
- American Indian Museum Heye Center (NYC)
- Note: Tickets are not used for general admission.
Visitor Survival Guide
Kids Tips (PDF)
Visiting with Kids
Download the Smithsonian Mobile app
and save your favorite exhibitions, activities, and highlights to your own
personal must-see list.
Highlighted Activities for Kids
Get your hands on history with interactive carts, step right into history with
our Historic Theater, and more!
Tour a current exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of Art, followed by a related art activity.
Bring your young, budding artists and participate in fun hands-on activities that will be sure to spark their creativity!
The Smithsonian is a great place to be a kid! With its wealth of child-friendly offerings and treasures, the Smithsonian is the ideal destination for Washington-area families.
Created for teens and tweens, Q?rius is a new way for students to make sense of
the connections between nature, the planet, the universe, and their lives.
The hands-on space for families and others visiting the National Museum
of American History shows the real story behind an inventor’s work. (Closed
for renovation Oct. 5, 2011.)
Near the Arts and Industries Building (year-round, weather permitting; nominal fee).
The best in live performing arts, this venue provides a variety of educational
and cultural programs for both kids and adults.
IMAX is the ultimate film experience. Specially designed screens that are
several stories high produce some of the most stunning visual images recorded.
For the first time, you'll feel the sensation of zooming through the cosmos,
enveloped in color saturated moving images and spine-tingling sound.
The imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the American Indian Museum provides visitors of all ages with a multitude of unique learning experiences.
Imagine rolling out your sleeping bag at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner or beneath a 50-foot whale!
More than 80 camps from aviation to zoology make the Smithsonian the coolest summer destination for fun and hands-on learning.