National Museum of American History: Top 10 Washington, DC For Kids

Kermit the Frog at the National Museum of Natural HistoryIn our countdown of the the Top 10 Attractions for Kids in Washington, DC, our #10 pick is the National Museum of American History.

What do Kermit the Frog and Abraham Lincoln’s hat have in common? You can find both in the National Museum of American History! With a collection of more than 3 million artifacts of American history and culture, the museum is a great place for kids of all ages to learn about the nation’s past. The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts from American history including the original Star-Spangled Banner, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Look for touch stations throughout the museum for chances to interact with history. One of our favorite activities at the American History Museum is visiting the Spark!Lab. At this hands-on discovery room you can play games, conduct science experiments, and try your hand at inventing!

Watch the video below to get a sneak peak at Spark!Lab:

Plan at least a half day at this wonderful museum, although you can easily spend more time here. For families with small children, I recommend short visits to different sections of the museum over 2-3 days. Admission is free, so you can come and go as you please!

Location: On the National Mall between the National Museum of Natural History and the Washington Monument.

Links:
American History Museum
Spark!Lab

photo credit: sherrymain

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