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National Children’s Museum creates the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators by sparking an interest in STEAM before the age of 12, when interest in the sciences often drops off. The Museum is an innovative institution that brings play-based exhibits and programs to children in the DC region and across the country.
whimsical exhibits + installations
Visitors explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math through our hands-on exhibits and rotating installations that present emergent technologies in STEAM.
Aligned with national and local standards, education programs connect to the Museum’s exhibits and extend learning beyond the classroom.
STEAM education for all
Comprehensive inclusion, diversity, equity, and access programs ensure that the Museum is accessible to all children, especially those from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEAM professions.
As a congressionally designated institution, the Museum serves as a platform for national dialogue and global cultural education. However, the Museum does not receive appropriated federal funding and relies on generous supporters who invest in its mission of inspiring children to care about and change the world. The Museum is a 501(c)3 and its EIN is 23-7423491.
ways to support National Children’s Museum
Join the Dreamers Circle, a community of donors that receive exclusive benefits.
Partner as a corporate member and become a champion of hands-on, STEAM learning.
Become a member and receive one year of free admission to the Museum.
The Museum is deeply grateful for its current individual, foundation, corporate, and government funders.
3 areas where your gift will help inspire young learners
Field Trips and Education Programs: Students explore classroom topics through play with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) aligned workshops driven by Museum Educators. Your support can help provide free entry to Title 1 schools.
Access Initiatives: Through our Community Access Program and Museums for All participation, the Museum provides free and reduced admission to ensure the price of entry is not a barrier for any family. These programs depend on contributions from the community.
Sensory Friendly Hours: Launching in February 2024, our Sensory Friendly Hours will provide families with the resources and environment necessary for a comfortable visit. Reduced admission and increased staffing during these play sessions will be offset through the generosity of the Museum’s supporters.