Wide shot of On the go-go in the Engineering Games and Play exhibit


children’s museum +
science center in one

National Children’s Museum sparks curiosity in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, + math) for young children under the age of 12, when interest and career ambitions are being formed.

Looking for all things virtual? Check out our virtual collection for online STEAM experiences!

Parent and child sliding down the Little Cloud toddler slide.


Slide into a world of wonder when you visit National Children’s Museum. Through permanent and rotating exhibits, we are developing young minds and encouraging young learners to dream the impossible.

programs + calendar of events

Whimsical programming, pop-ups, and events for full family fun.

upcoming events

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Young girl participating in a program in the Tinkerers Studio

at-home “STEAMwork” projects

Our STEAMwork videos provide hands-on activities for the whole family. Explore different categories like climate action challenge, design + build, and science exploration.


Decorative Dot Pattern

STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum

Our monthly podcast invites kids to interview STEAM innovators for answers to their biggest questions. 

artist-in-residence program

artist-in-residence program

Join us on a creative adventure! Find videos, program opportunities, and workshops for children and families to explore creative collaboration from our artist-in-residence.

family resources

A collection of some of our favorite things to support your STEAM adventure!

the complete virtual collection

Dream alongside us from wherever you are through virtual STEAM experiences!

75+ STEAMwork Video Programs – STEAM experiments and projects at home!

STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum Podcast – monthly episodes where children interview STEAM innovators from across the country!

Virtual Field Trips – step “inside” National Children’s Museum for free, standards-aligned field trips!

Climate Action Heroes Digital Exhibit – take the test to find your inner climate action hero, and then launch into earth-saving missions you can accomplish from home!

Family + Educator Resources – check out a list of Museum-approved resources for more projects and fun to support your STEAM adventure!