15 Best Museums in Washington, DCTravel + Leisure | March 20, 2023
If your last trip to Washington, D.C. was a class trip, it’s time for a return visit. Plush hotels, new restaurants, and lovely scenery make the nation’s capital a great vacation destination for visitors of all ages. Here are 15 of the best museums in Washington, D.C. to check out on your next trip to the capital.
Washington’s best museums for kidsWashington Post | February 23, 2023
Washington is a wonderland of great museums. The kids lucky enough to live in the area never run out of opportunities to explore and learn. And the kids lucky enough to visit have more choices than they can squeeze into any reasonable itinerary. To narrow the list for both locals and tourists, we’ve highlighted five of the best D.C. museums for kids.
Kids Need Mental Health Days, But Not Every Family Can Afford ThemParents.com | October 24, 2022
It's crucial you pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal signs your child might be showing if they're in distress. "If they're having a hard time motivating themselves to get up and go in the morning, or if they're expressing concern or anxiety about the day, they may be struggling, and it's important to encourage them to talk to you," says Crystal Bowyer, president and CEO of National Children's Museum in Washington, DC.
10 Exhibitions to Discover in Washington DC this FallTravelMag | September 20, 2022
After so many children were unable to learn in person due to schools being forced to shut during the pandemic, social-emotional learning is needed more than ever. Inspired by the hugely popular animated movie, the Emotions at Play with Pixar's Inside Out exhibition is designed to help children and families explore emotions and build communication skills together.
Child's Play: Our Nation's Capital finally has a children's museum—again.AAA World Magazine | January/February 2022
At the brand-new National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, children are in constant motion, gleefully fluttering between colorful curiosity-inspiring activities. Their parents are, too. Meander through the 30,000-square-foot building on Woodrow Wilson Plaza, and you’re likely to spy just as many moms and dads at play as you will see children and toddlers.
Explore the Rails with Thomas & Friends at the National Children’s MuseumKidFriendly DC | January 22, 2022
Attention all train lovers: Thomas has entered the National Children’s Museum! Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails!, an interactive exhibit created at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and geared for ages 2-7, is open now through Sunday, May 15.
10 Best Museums in Washington, D.C.Condé Nast Traveler | September 27, 2021
On Pennsylvania Avenue, just a few blocks from the National Mall, kids get a museum all about child's play (with some education snuck in too). Designed to appeal to toddlers up to elementary schoolers, this brand-new iteration of the National Children's Museum opened in February 2020.
Review: National Children's MuseumCondé Nast Traveler | September 24, 2021
The first thing you see as you enter the museum is the Dream Machine, a cloud-like, rigging-covered, three-story slide and climbing structure that kids can clamber up and slide down. They could probably spend an hour on that alone.
At D.C.’s National Children’s Museum, Music Inspires Family-Friendly FunSpotify's For the Record | September 24, 2021
For kids, few things are more fun than dancing it out. That’s why Spotify teamed up with National Children’s Museum to create an unforgettable Dance Party Pod experience, which debuted in Washington, D.C., this month. Together, we combined kid-friendly fun and musical know-how to design an experience that’s dedicated to wiggling and giggling.
The National Children’s Museum Makes a ComebackThe Adventure Family | September 1, 2021
Sometimes it feels like Washington DC is overflowing with museums, but there is nothing else like the National Children’s Museum in the District. This unique institution combines learning elements with children’s museum experiences.
The National Children’s Museum Is Finally Reopening ThursdayWashingtonian | September 1, 2021
After 18 months, the National Children’s Museum will finally open to the public again. During the long closure, it added several new attractions, including a Spotify-powered dance pod, an Artist-in-Residence program, and a gift shop.
Children's Museum Opens After Covid ClosureNBC Washington | August 31, 2021
News4’s Juliana Valencia reports on what exhibits kids can explore at the new Children’s Museum in D.C.
DC's National Children's Museum reopens after being open only 18 days before pandemicABC7 | August 31, 2021
It was a big day for children in the D.C. area. In a city full of museums, a new one reopened in the nation's capital, and this one is just for kids.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Climate Action HeroesWashington Parent | August 2021
While climate change can feel like an uncomfortable and complex topic to navigate with children, it is never too early to begin conversations around the health of our planet and our responsibility to protect our shared home. After all, our youngest citizens have proved to be some of the most resilient, innovative and effective activists in the fight against climate change.
5 Things to Do This WeekendThe New York Times | April 15, 2021
Although Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22, saving the environment requires commitments year round. Now the National Children’s Museum in Washington offers free online programs to inspire even the youngest activists.
Explore D.C.Southwest Florida Parent & Child | July 21, 2020
Since March 17, the museum has created more than 75 daily videos with science activities and story times on its social media, YouTube channel, and website.
Meet the honorees for our 2020 40 Under 40 AwardsWashington Business Journal | June 19, 2020
They're leading some of the area's top businesses - and they're not even forty.
Digital Field Trips: Museum Adventures Abound for KidsThe New York Times | June 18, 2020
Cultural institutions are finding creative ways to engage young visitors virtually this summer, and many of the offerings are free.
6 ideas for summer fun now that camp has been cancelledCNN | May 20, 2020
The truth is that there are still plenty of ideas for salvaging summer camp — most for families with budgets at every end of the spectrum.
National Children's Museum CEO On What To Do With Your Kids During QuarantineNorthern Virginia Magazine | May 6, 2020
From educational games to daily routines, here’s what Crystal Bowyer recommends for parenting during a pandemic.
Washington DC's new children's museum is aiming to light a spark for the futureLonely Planet | March 4, 2020
This next-generation, open-concept, hands-on museum also is serious about education, offering 20,000 square feet of innovative displays that balance low-tech and high-tech experiences with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).
At long last, the National Children’s Museum opens its doorsThe Washington Post | February 25, 2020
If good things come to those who wait, D.C. area kids certainly deserve the National Children’s Museum, a learn-through-play space that opened Monday in Washington.
Inside the Leading Design-Forward Museums Opening This YearArchitectural Digest | February 10, 2020
“There’s a magical moment of entry as soon as visitors enter the front door,” says Crystal Bowyer, the museum’s president and CEO.
National Children's Museum Opening Gala PhotosBrightest Young Things | November 4, 2019
The National Children’s Museum is almost here! To celebrate the upcoming opening, there was a gala and after party that allowed the adults in attendance to act like children.
New National Children's Museum Seeks to Make Learning FunNBC Washington | November 1, 2019
News4's Aimee Cho got a preview of the National Children's Museum that's set to open soon.
Sneak peek: Inside the National Children's MuseumWashington Business Journal | November 1, 2019
The National Children's Museum was originally supposed to open Friday, and although that's been put on hold until later this year, the museum is still giving people a chance to see some of what's inside.
Amazon makes a big gift to the National Children's MuseumWashington Business Journal | August 8, 2019
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will have a hand in molding a piece of the new National Children's Museum, and, perhaps, its future workforce. The company is donating $250,000 to help build the museum's "Data Science Alley," an installation that aims to make "data literacy accessible and fun" for children.
The Young & the Guest List 2019Washington Life Magazine | March 8, 2019
Crystal Bowyer; President and CEO, National Children’s Museum: After business school, the Missouri-native bounced around the world for children’s service work in Brazil and China, and cultural outreach in numerous other countries.
Slides, Slime And Science: Peek Inside The National Children’s Museum’s New D.C. HomeWAMU | March 5, 2019
“When we reopen, we will really be a science center and a children’s museum in one,” said Crystal Bowyer, the museum’s president and CEO.
Great new museums for 2019USA Today | 2018
The 10 Most Anticipated U.S. Museum Openings of 2019Travel Channel | 2018
Washington, D.C. has been without a full-fledged children’s museum since 2004 when the Capital Children’s Museum closed its doors, but that’s all set to change.
National Children's Museum to offer kids a climb into the cloudsWashington Post | October 8, 2018
The climber and slide Bowyer is talking about are part of the Dream Machine, a 50-foot round structure that will be at the center of the museum, which is under construction in the Ronald Reagan Building, near the Mall.
Crystal Ball: The playful CEO of the soon-to-debut National Children's Museum is moving full "steam" aheadDC Magazine | November 2018
Think of the whimsical music-makers, the dreamers of dreams—Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka, Julie Andrew's Mary Poppins. National Children's Museum CEO Crystal Bowyer should be on that list.
Get a Sneak Peek of the National Children's MuseumNBC Washington | June 19, 2018
Join News4's Aimee Cho for a first look at the National Children's Museum, which is set to reopen in D.C. next year.
National Children's Museum set to open in 2019ABC 7 | June 18, 2018
"And now, the National Children's Museum has come home to where it belongs. It will be a major attraction," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said.
Special Events + Programs Inspire Curiosity to Bloom at National Children’s Museum in MarchMarch 15, 2023
Young Imaginations Take Flight Inside New Children’s Playspace at Reagan National AirportJanuary 25, 2023
XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness Opens January 21 at National Children’s MuseumJanuary 17, 2023
National Children’s Museum to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the ArtsJanuary 11, 2023
National Children’s Museum Unveils New Exhibit Highlighting Diverse Women in STEM CareersDecember 1, 2022
National Children’s Museum Welcomes New TrusteesOctober 6, 2022
Kid Investigators Ask Big Questions and Solve STEAM Mysteries in Season Two of National Children’s Museum’s PodcastSeptember 21, 2022
National Children’s Museum Announces New Board LeadershipSeptember 12, 2022
Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out Exhibit Opens at National Children’s Museum in Downtown DC This FallSeptember 6, 2022
National Children’s Museum Welcomes New TrusteesJune 23, 2022
This Summer, a New Exhibit Equal Parts STEM and Art at National Children's MuseumMay 18, 2022
National Children’s Museum Welcomes Six New Board Members and Senior StaffApril 7, 2022
National Children’s Museum and The Boeing Company Partner to Provide a Week of Free Admission for Military Families in AprilMarch 30, 2022
Bluestone Lane To Open Inside National Children’s Museum on March 3March 3, 2022
All Aboard for Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! Fun at National Children’s MuseumJanuary 12, 2022
Interactive Arabic Alphabet Exhibit Opens at National Children’s MuseumDecember 16, 2021
Crystal R. Bowyer, President + CEO of National Children’s Museum, Is Elected to the Association of Children’s Museum Board of DirectorsOctober 7, 2021
Beloved Moomins and their creator presented at National Children’s MuseumSeptember 23, 2021
Exhibition “Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles” coming to National Children’s Museum in D.C.August 13, 2021
National Children’s Museum To Celebrate Grand Opening on September 2, 2021August 12, 2021
Dream of STEAM: National Children’s Museum Partners with IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, to Host Free, Virtual Career Events for Children Under 12March 2, 2021
National Children’s Museum Will Inspire Young Innovators Through Digital Offerings This SummerJune 16, 2020
During COVID-19 Health Crisis, National Children’s Museum Inspires Young Innovators to Change the World with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and MathApril 30, 2020
National Children's Museum to Feature Mothers Room Sponsored by Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc.October 25, 2019
Young Sluggers Will Learn the Science of Baseball from Their Favorite Nationals Players at National Children’s MuseumOctober 17, 2019
National Children’s Museum receives donation from Amazon for Data Literacy Exhibit and Free Museum Admission for Thousands of Northern Virginia Children and their FamiliesAugust 8, 2019
The State of Qatar Champions Education with a $2 Million Sponsorship of National Children’s Museum’s Centerpiece ExhibitJuly 9, 2019
National Children’s Museum Hires Director of OperationsDecember 6, 2018
National Children's Museum Receives $250,000 Grant to Support School Field Trips and Education ProgrammingNovember 8, 2018
National Children’s Museum Announces Three New Board MembersOctober 2, 2018
The National Children’s Museum Prepares to Reopen in Washington, DC at Kickoff CelebrationJune 18, 2018
Elise Lemle Named Director of Exhibits and Education for the National Children’s MuseumMarch 8, 2018
Crystal Bowyer Named President and CEO of the National Children’s MuseumJuly 11, 2017
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