spark curiosity + ignite creativity



National Children’s Museum is closed until further notice as a precaution against COVID-19.

holiday closures

new years day

memorial day

independence day

labor day

thanksgiving day

christmas day


soft opening pricing

adults + children over 1

$10.95 per person

children under 1





enjoy the wonder of the Museum year-round and access fun-filled benefits

field trips

connect and expand on STEAM subjects presented in the classroom

our new home

1300 pennsylvania avenue nw
washington, dc 20004

When you visit, look out for our blue awnings! The main Museum entrance is near the intersection of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, adjacent to  the Ronald Reagan Building.


Steps away from Federal Triangle and three blocks from Metro Center. Nearby bus routes include 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 34, 36, D6, and P6.


Street parking is limited. Parking garages are available within a few-block radius, including in the Ronald Reagan Building (starting at $20 for one to two hours).

school bus dropoff

For field trips and group visits, a safe drop-off point is available at 12th Street NW, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.


Our café is not yet open. A Bluestone Lane café will offer seasonal bites and drinks and will be accessible from inside the Museum and directly from the plaza.

A Food Court with additional options is located inside the Ronald Reagan Building. Please note that in order to access the Food Court, visitors must go through Ronald Reagan Building security.

Visit cafe bubble divider

a Museum built for all

wheelchair accessibility

All exhibits are wheelchair accessible, including the Dream Machine, our climber and slide. An elevator connects the Museum’s two floors.

mothers room + stroller parking

The Mothers Room is located on the Concourse Level, near the elevator and the Little Dreamers toddler space. Stroller parking is available on the Plaza Level of the Museum.

sensory backpacks

Sensory backpacks are available to borrow at no cost and include noise-reduction headphones as well as fidgets to help ease sensory stimulation.

open captioning

All videos with audio content are captioned.

by request

verbal description + sighted guide

A personalized orientation to the Museum with verbal description and sighted guide is available for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

community access

The Museum is working with trusted community partners across the region to ensure admission is accessible to all.