Background Background2

About Us

The National Children’s Museum inspires children to care about and improve the world.

orange bubble

 

Exterior For About Page

Designed primarily for children age 8 and younger, the National Children’s Museum (NCM) is a nationally recognized cultural and educational institution serving children and families onsite and through national partners and programs. The Museum’s exhibits and innovative educational programs spark the imagination and celebrate the true power of children, motivating them to become people who make a difference in the world.

Designated by the United States Congress in 2003 as the only national museum focused on children, NCM houses exhibits and programs that honor kids’ voices and reflect themes that speak to them as they learn about and engage with the world around them.

The Museum’s spaces and activities focus on six core content areas:

  • The arts
  • Civic engagement
  • The environment
  • Global citizenship
  • Health and well being
  • Play

Through it's affiliation with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Network, NCM provides families with a Family Membership level and above free access to nearly 200 other participating children’s museums around the country. Visit the ACM website to learn more. 

Our History

Subnav Image 1 01

Founded as the Capital Children’s Museum (CCM) in 1974, the Museum served Washington, D.C.-area children and families for 30 years from CCM’s home in northeast Washington.
Learn More.
Partners & Advisory Committees

The National Children’s Museum’s partners and advisory committees consist of highly respected leaders and influentials throughout the nation and the world.
Learn More.
Our Supporters

Subnav Image 1 03

We would not be able to accomplish our mission to inspire children to care about and improve the world without the generous gifts from our supporters.


Learn More.
Our Board

See a full list of National Children's Museum Board Members.


Learn More.
Contact Us

301.392.2400 – info@ncm.museum
151 St. George Boulevard - National Harbor, MD 20745
Learn More.
Our Location

Subnav Image 1 06

The National Children’s Museum is located at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just 10 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., or a short water taxi ride from Old Town...
Learn More.
Opportunities

Image 1 07 BSubnav Image 1 07

The National Children’s Museum seeks volunteers, interns and full- and part-time employment candidates to join a creative team committed to carrying out our mission of inspiring children to...
Learn More.
Special Event Rentals

Clean, colorful and fun, the National Children’s Museum is the perfect location for your next corporate or social event. Whether your event is for 10 people or up to 300, the Museum can accommodate most event types!


Learn More.
Mouse Over for More Information...
Page_illustration_1-0

Plan Your
Visit

Go

Events
Calendar

Go

Become a
Member

Go

Support the
Museum

Go
Jumping-fish