Illustration of a young girl covering her hands over her mouth in a look of surprise

spark curiosity + ignite creativity


open every day except tuesdays
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

closed tuesdays, thanksgiving day, and christmas day


tickets are required for admission


$15.95 per person*

children 1 and older

$15.95 per person*

children under 1




*Price through September 30, 2023. Tickets for October 1 onward will be $18.95 per person.


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 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.

Bluestone Lane Café

café—now open!

Bluestone Lane, the Australian-inspired coffee, café, & lifestyle brand, is located within the Museum’s Playzone on floor 2. There is a separate entrance and seating area accessible directly from Woodrow Wilson Plaza.

Offerings include popular plates such as, Avocado Smash and Banana Toast, as well as a range of grab-and-go delights exclusively curated for kids. In addition to the premium coffee, wellness drinks, and signature cold-pressed juices, adults 21+ will also be able to purchase beer, wine, and cocktails.

a Museum for all Dreamers


Exhibits are ADA compliant. An elevator and lift connect the Museum’s three floors.

mothers room + stroller parking

The Mothers Room is located on Floor 1, near the elevator and the Little Dreamers toddler space. Stroller parking is available on Floor 2 of the Museum.

open captioning

All videos with audio content are captioned.

by request

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.


One wheelchair is available to borrow. A photo ID is required and will be held at the admission desk until the wheelchair is returned.

Plan Your National Children's Museum Visit in Washington

ready to dream?

Explore the wonder-filled world that awaits!