Designated by Congress in 2003 as America’s only national museum focused on children, the National Children’s Museum (NCM) offers sections and activities that explore the arts, politics, the environment, global citizenship, health and play. Set on the National Harbor Waterfront, 10 miles from downtown Washington DC, the NCM is full of bright colors and several floors’ worth of hands-on exhibits that aim to inspire kids to care about themselves and the world around them.
The bulk of the museum is in a section called Our World, which aims to teach kids about biodiversity, travel, what kids are like in other cultures and countries, and a sense of connection to their own homes and neighbors. A special 3 & Under section encourages toddlers to develop their fine motor and problem-solving skills via exhibits which invite them to pretend they’re driving a car, serving lunch, and more; this section includes a sensory-stimulating Infant and Crawler Zone for babies 12 months and under.
Parking is available at various private lots near the museum (the closest in the St. George Garage) or on the street. The museum is connected to DC's Metrorail via the National Harbor Bus Line (NH1); to pick up this bus, take the Green Line to the Branch Avenue station on the Metrorail. The museum is adjacent to the NH1's St. George Blvd. and Waterfront St. bus stop.