FAQs for Educators

Find answers to teachers' commonly asked questions.

May I schedule a visit?

You may visit the museum any time that it is open. We are open every day, except for December 25th, from 10:00am - 5:30pm. For help planning your visit, read Tips and Itineraries (page coming soon). 

Where can I find lessons or activities from the Museum?

All of the Museum’s online educational resources--including lesson plans, activities, interactives, and media--are at Smithsonian’s History Explorer. Materials on the site are searchable by keyword, grade level, historical era, and national standards.

Do your programs travel to classrooms?

The Museum provides national outreach to students via the web.  In addition to hundreds of online resources, the Museum offers an annual webcast event for secondary students, the National Youth Summit program each spring. 

For information on upcoming webcasts and other live online programming, please register for the Museum’s monthly email newsletter and select “For Educators.” For archived versions of past Summits, videos of the Museum’s theater programs, or other online materials, please visit Smithsonian’s History Explorer.

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. History Explorer offers an RSS feed so you can be notified of new content as soon as it’s posted. 

May I schedule a professional development session?

Yes.  A limited number of 90-minute workshops on object–based learning, STEM-integration, and using drama in the classroom are available for groups of 10+ participants who are planning a visit to the Museum. Our schedule fills quickly, so please contact the Museum a minimum of  4 weeks prior to date of the proposed workshop or webinar. Note that workshops do not include a guided tour of the Museum. Please email the education team at historyteachers@si.edu for additional information or to request a workshop. Include the name of the group, preferred date, number of teachers, and the grade levels and subjects the participants teach. 

We also provide district-level professional development at locations across the country through the Let’s Do History Tour. For more information on the Tour, please contact Orlando R. Serrano, Jr. at serranoo@si.edu.