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Indoor Fun: Museums — Washington, DC

Schools from all over the world travel to this area to see the museums that are located practically in your back yard. Whether centered on art, history, science, or social studies, there is a museum that will appeal to everyone at any age. Engage in hands-on activities, join a guided tour, watch a film, stimulate your curiosity, and learn something new all while spending quality time with the family and having fun!

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African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (202) 667-2667
Admission: Free

Located directly across the street from the African American Civil War Memorial, the museum highlights the contributions of African-Americans during the Civil War and details the United States Colored Troops’ role in the abolishment of slavery. Age-appropriate, self-guided tours, educational programs, and story hours for children are available. Check the calendar here for specific dates and times.

Be With Me: The Children’s Playseum
7000 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (301) 807-8028
Admission: Fee-based

The Children’s Playseum is a children’s used bookstore that provides a unique learning and creating an experience for children of all ages. Books and activities are categorized into CityShop rooms such as the bakery, the dress up room, restaurants, Grandma’s, shopping, farm, pet store, circus, and more. With over 24-theme CityShop’s between the two locations, there is unending fun for one low admission price! The Playseum also offers birthday party packages allowing children to explore the CityShop’s with their friends, read during a themed story time, and have a birthday celebration in the bakery. Visit The Playseum’s website for special hours and membership opportunities.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
300 14th St. SW, Washington, DC 20228
Connect: Online | (202) 874-2330
Admission: Free

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has been printing money since the 1860’s and became the sole producer of all US currency in 1877. Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing today to watch millions of dollars being printed and learn all about US paper currency. The 40-minute experience includes an introductory film, an informational tour of the production process, and some exhibits. Free tickets are required; the ticket booth opens at 8 am and closes when tickets run out for the day.

Crime Museum
575 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (202) 393-1099
Admission: Fee-based

Noted as a “Must See for CSI fans” by Good Morning America, the Crime Museum is an interactive museum that focuses on the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation. This is an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family. Current exhibits feature the history of crime, beginning with medieval knights, pirates, the American West, and today’s white-collar crimes, the consequences of crime, and crime scene investigation. Be sure to check out the Forensic Workshops which are taught by actual Forensic Scientist! Also, check out the Crime Museum website for information on temporary exhibits.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum
1776 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (202) 628-1776
Admission: Free for docent-led tours of 9 or fewer or self-guided tours.

The DAR Museum provides visitors with a look into 31 different period rooms that illustrate American interiors from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Free 45-minute docent-led tours are offered every half hour from 10 am-2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Self-guided tours are available anytime during open hours. There is also a virtual tour here if you want to check out the rooms before you visit in-person.

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (202) 393-7798
Admission: Fee-based

Do you have a James Bond fan in the family? Then enter a whole world of gadgets, disguises, codes, and missions at the International Spy Museum. Ideal for ages 7-years old and above, the museum offers scheduled programs and interactive experiences in the shadowy world of spying. Check out their website for details on a monthly series of workshops and spy camps, or host a cool birthday party and to go undercover and explore the secrets of the museum. They also run a “Spy in Training” teen program to recruit enthusiastic teens 15-17 years old to assist in their spy camps! The museum is open daily 9 am-7 pm.

National Archives Museum
Constitution Ave. NW between 7th & 9th St., Washington, DC 20408
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | (877) 874-7616
Admission: Free

The National Archives Museum is the home of the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, all of which are housed in the Rotunda. View other records of rights, take in a short film about the museum and its exhibits, and read primary documents regarding Lincoln’s death, Washington’s first annual message, and General McAuliffe’s Christmas message to the troops from 1944. Journey inside the public vaults to search for even more fascinating written communication between famous leaders in American history.

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Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

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