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National Children’s Museum

December 14th is the anniversary of the National Children’s Museum on Pennsylvania Ave in DC. This is a great museum designed for children eight years old or younger, which has done a fantastic job teaching children about the world.

Jim and I visited the museum over the summer, because one of my travel photographs was chosen for their Our World exhibit. Since adults must be accompanied by the correct age children, we were treated as VIPs and given a private guided tour.

National Children's Museum display - How we talk.
National Childrens Museum display - How we Travel.

What a great way to introduce young children to their world. As they enter, they can pack their suitcase with clothes and head off for adventure. When they are traveling, they wander through an African market, try on clothes from different cultures, learn how people talk, create, and play with food mock ups as well as learn about various types of maps and celebrations.

National Children's Museum display - What we wear.
National Childrens Museum display - What we eat.

There are other exhibits as well. There is a pre-school discovery room, a pizza making and selling station, a cookie factory, art classes, a theater for shows and interactive movement, and so much more.

The play zone in the National Children's Museum.
Children can put on fire fighter clothes and experience a fire engine.

As an educator and a traveler, I was honored to have one of my photographs chosen to be part of the exhibit. When we visited, the museum was full of families having fun and learning together. This is definitely a must visit when taking the little ones to the Washington D.C. area.

Corinne poses with her photograph at the National Children's Museum.

The National Children’s Museum is found on the DC Waterfront, and there are plenty of other things going on to make your day out with the kids really fun and memorable. While we were there a band was playing, ferries and tour boats were running, a street market was underway, and there were lots of shops and restaurants as well.

Have you been to the National Children’s Museum?  Please tell us all about it in the comment section.

Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.


Thursday 5th of December 2013

I've never been to this but I would love to, Jim and Corinne! That fire truck facade is soooo cool. And a pizza making and selling station? You bet! :)

Corinne Vail

Friday 6th of December 2013

It is a fabulous museum for small kids. We loved it Mike.