The following museums are closed Saturday, July 23, due to a power outage: National Museum of the American Indian, Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of African Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Ripley Center.
Smithsonian museums & the National Zoo (DC, VA)
American Indian Museum Heye Center (NYC)
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Highlighted Activities for Kids
Get your hands on history with interactive carts, step right into history with
our Historic Theater, and more!
Ride Simulators at American History
Experience the excitement of state-of-the-art motion simulation
and celebrate America's love for adventure!
Hands-on space for children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent.
Tour a current exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of Art, followed by an 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.
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.
Flight and Ride Simulators at the Air and Space Museum
& Hazy Center
Climb aboard an interactive flight simulator or take an exciting virtual trip on board one of our passenger ride simulators.
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.