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The National Children's Museum is located at National Harbor in Prince George's County, Maryland, just a short drive from downtown Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs.

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Museum Hours 

Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.
Monday: Closed*
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

*We will be open on the following 2014 federal holiday Mondays:
January 20
February 17
May 26
September 1
October 13

School or Camp Groups

The Museum hosts groups Wednesday-Friday during the following 90-minute sessions: 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Admission & Ticket Info

Standard admission is $10 per child or adult, and there is no cost of admission for infants 12 months or younger. NCM members enjoy free admission year-round. Senior tickets (age 65 and over) are available for $8 with valid identification.

Military Discount

Active duty military personnel and their families will receive $1 off each admission (valid for up to four people) on Saturday and Sunday. Please bring a valid military ID to redeem the discount. Tickets must be purchased in person at the NCM box office.

AAA Discount

AAA members and their families will receive $1 off admission with valid identification. Tickets must be purchased in person at the NCM box office.

Other Discounts

Sesame Place Season Pass members receive $2 off admission with valid identification. Tickets must be purchased in person at the NCM box office.

Admission Policies

All ticket sales are final.

For information about group tickets, scheduling school field trips or private playdates (great for birthday parties!), please contact 301.392.2450 or

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online here or in-person at the box office. If you purchase your tickets online, please plan to show a valid photo identification AND your printed ticket or e-ticket (on your smartphone) when checking in at our front desk.

When planning your visit, please check our calendar to see if timed entry will be in effect. We implement our timed entry policy on days when we expect the Museum to reach capacity. 

Note: While NCM Members are exempt from the timed entry policy during capacity days, timed entry DOES apply to members from other museums who are taking advantage of the ACM Reciprocal Network.

Museum Tours for Adults

It is the policy of the National Children's Museum that all adults must be accompanied by children in their authorized care, or by a staff member.

If you are interested in booking the museum space for your next corporate event or would like to tour the museum in any other professional capacity, please call 301.392.2400 or email to make an appointment with a member of our staff.

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