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About Us

The National Children’s Museum inspires children to care about and improve the world.

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Designed primarily for children age 8 and younger, the National Children’s Museum (NCM) is a nationally recognized cultural and educational institution serving children and families onsite and through national partners and programs. The Museum’s exhibits and innovative educational programs spark the imagination and celebrate the true power of children, motivating them to become people who make a difference in the world.

Designated by the United States Congress in 2003 as the only national museum focused on children, NCM houses exhibits and programs that honor kids’ voices and reflect themes that speak to them as they learn about and engage with the world around them.

The Museum’s spaces and activities focus on six core content areas:

  • The arts
  • Civic engagement
  • The environment
  • Global citizenship
  • Health and well being
  • Play

Through it's affiliation with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Network, NCM provides families with a Family Membership level and above free access to nearly 200 other participating children’s museums around the country. Visit the ACM website to learn more. 

Our History

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Founded as the Capital Children’s Museum (CCM) in 1974, the Museum served Washington, D.C.-area children and families for 30 years from CCM’s home in northeast Washington.
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Partners & Advisory Committees

The National Children’s Museum’s partners and advisory committees consist of highly respected leaders and influentials throughout the nation and the world.
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Our Supporters

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We would not be able to accomplish our mission to inspire children to care about and improve the world without the generous gifts from our supporters.

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Our Board

See a full list of National Children's Museum Board Members.

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Contact Us
145 Fleet Street, Box 202 - National Harbor, MD 20745

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The National Children’s Museum seeks volunteers, interns and full- and part-time employment candidates to join a creative team committed to carrying out our mission of inspiring children to...
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