A Healthy Visit

a healthy visit

We can’t wait to welcome you into our wonder-filled space! Below, find important information regarding our COVID-19 policies and resources to prepare for your visit.

resuming play, the safe way

As champions of science, National Children’s Museum will continue to analyze the latest COVID-19 data, research, and best practices to determine what’s best for our community. Therefore, the Museum’s policies may change as the situation continues to evolve. Please refer back to this page before your visit for the most up-to-date policies.

National Children’s Museum has moved to a mask optional policy in accordance with the latest guidelines issued by the CDC and DC Government and in alignment with our local schools. We fully support those who wish to continue to wear masks, and as always, we expect kindness and respect during interactions with both staff and other visitors.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Here’s the scoop on how we’ll work together to ensure a safe and fun visit for everyone!

What we will do:

Advanced tickets and timed sessions

Use hourly, timed-entry ticketing to help regulate capacity, and encourage visitors to purchase tickets in advance, which allows for a contactless admissions option. To learn more about our timed entry policy, visit our tickets page.

Limited capacity

Limit visitor capacity to ensure maximum (and safe!) STEAM fun.

Cleaning best practices

Follow best practice cleaning procedures and protocols in line with most up-to-date guidelines.


Provide helpful signage throughout the space to remind visitors of important safety measures, including social distancing, capacity, and hand hygiene.

What you will do:

Stay home if you're sick

Take a rain check if you’re feeling sick–we promise we’re not going anywhere! Stay home, get better, and we’ll see you soon.

Social distancing

Keep your personal bubble of at least 6 feet and respect others’ bubbles!

Hand hygiene

Be a hand hygiene hero! Defeat germs by washing your hands often.

Mask wearing

Respect others’ choice to mask or not. As always, we expect guests to treat each other and Museum staff with kindness.

no such thing as a silly question

When it comes to learning, there’s no such thing as a silly question. Be sure to check out our list of frequently asked questions to help you and your young learners prepare for your visit!

Exploring National Children's Museum

ready to dream?

Explore the wonder-filled world that awaits!