Touch & Play Museums


<< Museums, Landmarks, & Destinations in the DMV


Museums that provide touch-and-play opportunities for kids are an oasis of learning and fun! Check out these opportunities (in alpha order):


B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM
Baltimore, MD

The B&O Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, offers guests the opportunity to engage all their senses and explore our country’s oldest and most historic American railroad collection! Located on the museum’s Baltimore campus, this carefully selected location is regarded as the birthplace of the American Railroad. The museum features both full-size trains and model replicas. Visitors can explore inside locomotives and train cars, view historic railroad artifacts, and even enjoy a real train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America! // Updated Apr ’22


CHESAPEAKE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Annapolis, MD

Helping kids get closer to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland history, the Chesapeake Children’s Museum is a great stop for fun and learning. Live animals, a docked boat, theatrical costumes, nature trails, and Underground Railroad trails are just some of the activities to keep your child busy while they learn about the local environment. // Updated Apr ’22


CHILDREN’S SCIENCE CENTER
Fairfax, VA

The Children’s Science Center, located in Fair Oaks Mall, invites visitors of all ages to enjoy STEM-focused fun! At a variety of centers and zones, as well as a hands-on experiment bar, kids will learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through touch, feel, and play! // Updated Apr ’22


KID MUSEUM
Bethesda, MD

Dedicated to the “Mind of a Maker,” the KID Museum at Bethesda Metro Center is an innovative learning space, catering to present-day and future creators ages 4-14! The 28,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility integrates STEM throughout multiple collaborative experiences built for coding, robotics, engineering design, and hands-on learning. Encourage future generations of doers and makers through programs that foster community and connection. // Updated Apr ’22


LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM
Sterling, VA

Through a variety of exhibits, hands-on activities, and seasonal events, the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum highlights 250 years of Loudoun County’s agricultural heritage. // Updated Apr ’22


MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER
Baltimore, MD

The Maryland Science Center is a must-visit — this STEM-inspired museum encourages plenty of hands-on exploration, perfect for children and families! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy permanent exhibits like Newton’s Alley (a kinetic, hands-on exhibit powered by you), Cells: The Universe Inside Us (zoom into your own body to see the different cells that make up your heart, brain, and bones), Dinosaur Mysteries (a landscape filled with more than one dozen life-size dinosaurs), and much more! Plus, don’t miss their planetarium (below), special events, and even an IMAX theatre!

For young kids, the museum also has a dedicated, gated room complete with a Chesapeake Bay-themed water play area! There’s even an area for kids under two, where infants and toddlers can crawl around squishy waterbeds, look at brightly colored books, and play with big soft blocks. // Updated Apr ’22


NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Washington, DC

New to the DMV community, the National Children’s Museum sparks curiosity and ignites creativity in children up to age 12! This family destination boasts a wide variety of touch-and-play activities, exhibits, and experiences centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math. /// Updated Apr ’22


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Washington, DC

The National Museum of American History showcases the heritage of the United States, including politics, culture, science, and the military, to name a few topics. The museum’s mission is the collection, care, study, and interpretation of objects that reflect the experience of the American people. This includes popular displays such as the original Star-Spangled Banner (1814), Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown (2013), to name a few. // Updated Apr ’22

DRAPER SPARK!LAB
Draper Spark!Lab, located inside the National Museum of American History, is where young museum visitors, ages 6-12, become inventors! Children and their families are invited to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent — activities incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity. // Updated Apr ’22

WEGMANS WONDERPLACE
Located inside the National Museum of American History, Wegmans Wonderplace is a 1,700-square-foot interactive play space for children ages 0-6. Little learners will delight in exploring, touching, playing, and learning! Discover the collections and exhibits of this unique playspace here. // Updated Apr ’22


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Washington, DC

Open 364 days a year with free admission, the National Museum of Natural History, a Smithsonian institution, has a collection that contains over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human remains/cultural artifacts! Dedicated to promoting the understanding of the natural world and our place in it, the museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another. // Updated Apr ’22

Q?RIUS, THE CORALYN W. WHITNEY SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER
Q?rius (pronounced “curious”) is an interactive learning space inside the National Museum of Natural History that brings the museum’s unique assets — the science, researchers, and collections — out from behind the scenes. Visitors can use microscopes, handle some of the 6,000 collection objects, solve science puzzles, enjoy touchscreen activities, and even meet a scientist! // Updated Apr ’22


ORIGINAL PLAYHOUSE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, THE
New Market, MD

The brainchild of a former Frederick County educator, The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum gives curious kids the opportunity to use their imaginations, engage in pretend play, and enjoy hands-on, interactive fun! More than just an indoor destination, the museum also has a warm-weather outdoor garden with a construction pit of trucks, a dreamy wooden castle and fairy garden, and natural features that encourage gross-motor play. // Updated Apr ’22


PORT DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Baltimore, MD

Ranking among the top children’s museums in the United States by Parents Magazine and Forbes, Port Discovery offers 80,000-square-feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities designed for curious, active kids! Knowing children learn best through play, this special museum offers a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits on its three floors packed with fun. // Updated Apr ’22


SHENANDOAH VALLEY DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Winchester, VA

Located in the heart of historic Winchester, VA, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is worth the drive for Northern Virginia families! This kid-focused destination features 4-stories of exhibits, each boasting loads of touch-and-play areas that encourage problem-solving, creative thinking, and collaboration. Best of all, the kids don’t know they’re learning — they just think they’re having a great time! // Updated Apr ’22


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