FAQ – Visiting with Kids
Find answers below to questions parents and caregivers frequently ask about visiting the museum with children. For general information about the museum such as hours, locations, rest rooms, security procedures, and food service, see our FAQ for visitors and the Plan Your Visit section of the website.
Look for interactive carts throughout the museum where you can try your hand at a variety of historical activities and learn more about our collections. Carts are available most days—check at an information desk when you arrive for that day’s schedule.
Get more ideas on our Kids page.
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in our free, walk-in activities. Please check the calendar of events for tours, demonstrations, hands-on carts, and special festivals and events. You can search for events that are kid-friendly by checking the box "Kids & Families." You can also visit an information desk at the museum when you arrive to learn more about available programs on the day of your visit.
We offer several self-guided tours of the museum. Each takes you on a tour of highlights from the museum's collections and is about an hour to complete. A family guide for America On the Move features games, questions, and directed-looking activities to engage young visitors. You may download the guides now, or request a copy at an information desk when you arrive.
Many visitors find that about two hours is the right amount of time. Take into account your family's interests and needs when arranging your day, and plan to take lots of breaks, especially if you have very young children.
Visiting groups are invited to participate in our free, walk-in activities, or to use self-guides to tour the museum or a special exhibition. We do not register groups in advance.
Please send your questions to us at email@example.com. A member of our staff will respond to your inquiry as promptly as possible, usually within five business days.
You can plan your trip and build or maintain excitement about history through the resources on our website. To learn more about what to expect at the museum, the hours, and location, use the Plan Your Visit page. To explore historical topics before visiting the museum, check out activities and book recommendations on the OurStory website.