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 Plan Your Visit section of the website and the FAQ for visitors.
We are not currently offering guided tours or other programs.
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.
We welcome students and young visitors to the museum! Please let us know you are coming by pre-registering your group. Please note that this is not a tour reservation, and you are welcome to visit at any time during public visiting hours without registering. As part of our safety measures to protect everyone’s health, we ask groups larger than 12 to break into smaller groups while touring the museum. All children (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. When accompanying children, one (1) adult can chaperone up to a maximum of five (5) children. See our Plan Your Field Trip page for more information.
Send your questions to us at NMAHVisitorServices@si.edu. A member of our staff will respond to your inquiry as promptly as possible, usually within three 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.