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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 exhibits, in-person education, and virtual programs to children in the DC region and across the country.

Pom Pom Poll in Data Science Alley

whimsical exhibits + installations

Visitors explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math through hands-on exhibits and rotating installations that present emergent technologies in STEAM.

education

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.

virtual programs

The Museum provides robust virtual programs and resources, including educational videos, virtual field trips, and a podcast. Through this free content, the Museum aims to lead nationally and bridge educational gaps in STEAM learning.

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 100% of its budget 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

the impact of your gift

$50 – Could provide supplies for a virtual field trip.

$100 – Could create a short, online educational video for families.

$250 – Could invest in ongoing exhibit maintenance.

$1,000 – Could deliver a virtual field trip to one classroom or a community partner.

$2,500 – Could support the work of a Museum Educator for two and a half weeks.

$5,000 – Could invest in additional cleaning and safety materials for the Museum.