Kids: Things To Do At Home

Exploring the past isn't just something you do at a museum! These websites and fun activities will turn your computer into an interactive history exhibit. Note: Many of the interactive activities require the Flash plug-in.

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

Learn about the many responsibilities of the U.S. president, decode the symbols on the presidential seal, and write your own letter to the president. Visit the site »


Build a Sod House

Construct your own sod house on the open prairie the way settlers did in the 1800s. Will yours stay standing? Visit the site »


Got Ramps? Architectural Barriers Game

Choose to begin a trip to the post office in 1955 or 2005. All of the barriers you will encounter in a wheelchair are based on real-life incidents. Send a postcard to a friend when you reach the end! Visit the site »


Tracking the Buffalo

Decipher the imagery in a buffalo hide painting to understand the buffalo’s role in the lives of American Indians who live on the northern plains. Visit the site »


Who Am I? A History Mystery

Select a mystery character from the Civil War and examine objects that hold the key to their identity. Are you up for a challenge? Visit the site »


You Be the Historian

Examine the objects left behind by the Springer family, who lived in Delaware more than 200 years ago. What can you learn about their lives? What could people in the future learn about you? Visit the site »


American Enterprise Simulations and Explorations

Explore the history of American business and consumerism throughout different historical eras. Visit the site »


Star Spangled Banner

Explore the flag that inspired the National Anthem to discover stories about its creation, history, and preservation. Or, collect stars by correctly answering 14 quiz questions. Visit the site »


Our Story

Experience history together first-hand through fun family activities and great book recommendations. Visit the site »


Smithsonian 3D

View digitized models of Smithsonian objects, including the National Museum of American History's Lincoln life mask and Gunboat PhiladelphiaVisit the site »


Preparing for the Oath

Preparing for the Oath is an easy-to-use study guide for the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test. Here, you can learn about U.S. history and government and practice for the test. Visit the site »


Spark!Lab "Try" Activities

Get hands-on with the history and the process of invention! Try all sorts of ways to get creative! Visit the site »


Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs your help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War. Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the National Museum of American History? Play Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery to find out! Visit the site »