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Our History

Founded as the Capital Children’s Museum in 1974, the Museum served kids and families in the Washington region for thirty years in Northeast Washington, DC. The Museum was renamed in 2003 when the U.S. Congress designated it the National Children’s Museum. For several years, NCM operated as a museum without walls by serving the region through traveling exhibitions, partnerships with other nonprofits, as well as community and school outreach programs.

For eight consecutive years, the National Children’s Museum has provided programming for the White House Easter Egg Roll, among various other national events. From 2012-2015, a small museum space was opened to the public on the National Harbor, but closed in preparation for NCM’s next chapter in Downtown DC. Today, the National Children's Museum is poised for its greatest chapter yet, as it prepares to open in a premier section of the Ronald Reagan Building on the National Mall. 


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