Kids: Things to Do in the Museum



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.