A Healthy Visit

a healthy visit

We miss you, Dreamers, and look forward to the time when we can welcome you safely back into the Museum again.

As the District works to reopen, the Museum has continued to analyze the latest data and research, monitor local trends, and gather information from colleagues, experts, and officials around the region. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis, National Children’s Museum remains temporarily closed, with hopes to reopen this summer.

Our team is diligently preparing for that moment, finalizing cleaning and distancing procedures and establishing visitor and staff policies based on leading research and best practice. As champions of science, we will continue to assess the landscape to determine what’s best for our community and will, of course, keep you updated.

Teamwork makes the dream work! Here’s the scoop on how we’ll work together to ensure a safe and fun return to the Museum considering CDC and local DC guidelines.

What we will do:

Advanced tickets and timed sessions

Implement an advanced-ticket-only policy for timed sessions, which allows for a modern, contactless admissions experience and time between sessions for staff to reset the space

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, hand hygiene, and masks

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

And don’t forget your mask! Because our friends under 12 are not yet vaccinated, every hero (2 years and older) needs a mask.

We are so grateful for your continued support during this challenging and unprecedented time. Below, we’ve compiled the answers to a few questions you may have.

How will this affect my membership?

Please note that memberships remain frozen and will be reactivated upon the Museum’s reopening. In the meantime, we hope that your family will join our monthly, members-only virtual events. If you have member related questions, please contact [email protected].

How can I stay engaged with the Museum?

Virtual adventure awaits! Our doors may not be open, but we can still dream together through digital STEAM experiences:

75+ STEAMwork video programs – STEAM experiments and projects at home!

STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum Podcast – monthly episodes where children interview STEAM innovators from across the country!

Virtual Field Trips – step “inside” National Children’s Museum for free, standards-aligned field trips!

Climate Action Heroes Digital Exhibit – take the test to find your inner climate action hero, and then launch into earth-saving missions you can accomplish from home!

Collection of Resources – check out a list of Museum-approved resources for more projects and fun to support your STEAM adventure!

When will you determine your reopening date?

Science and safety are our highest priorities. Our leadership meets regularly to assess local trends, and how that data affects our reopening. We can’t wait to dream together in-person again, but in the meantime, we plan to keep you updated on our operational status on a regular basis. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for our newsletter for our most up to date information.

I have another question. How do I get in touch?

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected].