Planning a museum trip to DC with the family this fall? Here are our tips for Washington’s top kid-friendly museum exhibits and activities that you need to see.

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

The outdoor sculpture garden at the modern art marvel Hirshhorn is always a hit with the kids. Children will love getting to view the sculptures and take in the art without needing to abide by the no-talking rules of most galleries.

Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 633-1000

National Museum of American History: America On The Move

Young ones are bound to love getting to see the “America On The Move Exhibit” at the Museum of American History. They’ll get to learn all about the history of transportation—meaning cars, motorcycles, trains, and planes—in a fun, interactive setting. Adults, meanwhile, can also enjoy the museum’s many historic objects and exhibits.

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Freer/Sackler Galleries: Imaginasia

This much-loved pair of galleries, which showcase the Smithsonian’s collection of Asian and Middle Eastern art, is the perfect place for kids to enjoy a day out. We recommend heading to the Imaginasia classroom, where kids can enjoy art workshops and family-focused programming.

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

National Gallery of Art: Kids’ Programming

Make sure to bring the kids along during your visit to the National Gallery of Art, which offers special programming targeted at children. You’ll get to benefit from family workshops and guides that will teach kids about art in an exciting, age-appropriate fashion.

6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215

African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial: Storytelling Fridays

Located near U Street, this museum provides insight into the significant role that African-American troops played during the Civil War. If you’re looking to get the kids interested in this historic event, come by on the first Friday of the month, when the museum hosts a storytelling hour with tales of the Civil War and civil rights period.

1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 667-2667