Kids: Things to Do in the Museum



Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity.

Welcome to Wegmans Wonderplace, where history is all around you! Wegmans Wonderplacewelcomes curious kids ages 0–6 and their grownups to exercise their imaginations, wiggle their bodies, and explore with their hands. Wonderplace is built around the enduring wonders of childhood, the things kids are naturally curious about—blocks, animals, sounds--and branches out to make connections to the museum’s diverse collections and exhibitions. Our youngest visitors will cook their way through a kid-sized Julia Child’s kitchen, find the owls hiding in the Smithsonian Castle, and captain a tugboat based on a model from our collections. Through playful activities and creative displays of treasured artifacts, young children will get to know the faces, places, and stories of our country in engaging and age-appropriate ways. Wegmans Wonderplace will be a launching pad for a lifetime of learning!

Interactive Carts

Get your hands on history! Look for carts throughout the Museum to try your hand at a variety of historical activities and learn more about our collections. Peek through a stereoscope or use a press to print a card. Carts are available most days—check in at the information desks when you arrive for that day’s schedule.

Historic Theater

Step right into history! Join a student sit-in at the Greensboro lunch counter or learn how the Star-Spangled Banner was constructed. Offered seasonally; check with the information desks when you arrive.

Spotlight Tours

Docents stationed in selected exhibitions lead 15-minute overview tours and circulate through the galleries to answer questions and discuss the exhibition. Check in at the Welcome Center when you arrive for locations.

The Museum has many exhibitions, both big and small. Ride a Chicago “L” train car from the 1950s and meet some of your fellow passengers in America on the Move or step into a president's shoes by reading a famous speech in The American Presidency.

Self Guided Tours

Take one of our free, self-guided tours of the Museum. Each tour takes about an hour. Pick up a guide from the information desks at the Museum or download one here.