About the National Children’s Museum

Designed primarily for children age 8 and younger, the National Children’s Museum (NCM) is a nationally recognized cultural and educational institution serving children and families onsite and through national partners and programs. The Museum’s exhibits and innovative educational programs spark the imagination and celebrate the true power of children, motivating them to become people who make a difference in the world.

Designated by the United States Congress in 2003 as the only national museum focused on children, NCM houses activities that honor kids’ voices and reflect themes that speak to them as they learn about and engage with the world around them.

The Museum focuses on six core content areas:

  • THE ARTS
  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
  • THE ENVIRONMENT
  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
  • HEALTH AND WELL BEING
  • PLAY

Through it’s affiliation with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Network, NCM provides member families with a Family Membership level and above free access to nearly 200 other participating children’s museums around the country. Visit the ACM website to learn more.

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