Kid Favorites at the Natural History Museum Smithsonian!

Natural History Museum Washington DC with Kids

The Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. is an incredible place of wonder and exploration for adults, kids and even hard-to-please-teens! There are fascinating exhibits ranging from a tunnel of gems to Dinosaur fossils and tons of hands on experiences. It would take a week to go through all the exhibits so I wanted to highlight the Top 3 Kid Favorite for each age group to help focus your visit! 

For lots more info, check out the Guide downloads ($5 each, $18 for 5)

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia. Creative Commons License
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia. Creative Commons License

1. For Babies and Toddlers – Q?rius Jr. 

The Q?rius Jr. Area is the best place! It is located on the ground level inside the larger Q?rius Science Center and is great for Babies, Toddlers and Elementary Age up to age 10. The volunteers there told my kids on one exhibit, “the only rule in this room is to TOUCH EVERYTHING!” Well you don’t have tell that to my 3 and 6 year olds twice! The room includes real museum artifacts including fossils, shells and minerals they can touch. 

Note: It is open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

2. For Elementary Age Kids – Dinosaur exhibit!

New Dinosaur exhibit! The Dinosaur fossils are back at the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils Deep Time.  After 5 years, the museum has completely revamped the fossil hall with 700 specimens including early insects, reptiles and mammals and of course a Tyrannosaurus rex that cant be missed! 

Open every day except December 25th!

3. For Teens – Q?rius Science Center

Q?rius Science Center is an incredible destination location on its own! It is located on the Basement Level. It’s a huge space dedicated to fostering wonder and exploration through hands on exhibits, scientist volunteer demos and 6,000 collection objects. Families can pull out artifacts in these large drawers and just explore independently. 

Admission is free and it’s open every dat from 10 am to 5 PM. 

Q?rius Science Center, Natural History Museum with Kids Smithsonian Washington, D.C. Photo by FamilyTripGuides.com
Q?rius Science Center, Natural History Museum with Kids Smithsonian Washington, D.C. Photo by FamilyTripGuides.com

For more tips and short cuts, be sure to check out my Family Guides to the  Smithsonian Museums here with parking tips, the best times to go to avoid the crowds, age specific pages with Can’t Miss Exhibits, Gift Shop Alternatives and Daily Activities! Museum Guides also include a Passport for your kids to use on their Smithsonian Adventures! 

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