FAQs for Educators

Find answers to teachers' commonly asked questions.

May I schedule a visit?

All of our tours, interactive carts, and programs are part of our daily programming schedule.  No reservations are required.  There is no admission fee to enter the Museum and programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.  A helpful tip: because daily programs are subject to change, please check at the Museum’s 1st floor Information Desk or 2nd floor Welcome Center to confirm the day’s schedule and to pick up a map.

If no reservations are required, why do we ask you to complete a registration form?

Knowing who our visitors are helps us to better craft programs and materials.  Please complete the online registration form to help us better serve you.

How can I find out about new resources for educators?

Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and be sure to check the category “For Educators” to receive information about new resources, tours, and events for educators and their students.  You can also follow our educators on Twitter or start a conversation online in the Thinkfinity Community.

May I schedule a professional development session?

Yes.  A limited number of 90-minute workshops on object–based learning are available for groups of 10 to 30 participants who are planning a visit to the Museum. Please use our contact form for additional information or to request a workshop session. Include the name of the group, preferred date, number of teachers, and the grade levels and subjects the participants teach. Our schedule fills quickly, so please try to contact the Museum a minimum of 12 weeks prior to date of the proposed workshop. Please note that workshops do not include a guided tour of the Museum.

Do your programs travel to classrooms?

The National Museum of American History does not have a classroom outreach program at this time.  For videos of the Museum’s theater programs or outreach materials related to Spark!Lab, please visit Smithsonian’s History Explorer.