Historical Attractions in Washington DC with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Washington DC!)

Washington DC is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in Nations Capital  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Washington DC’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Washington DC when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • The White House

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    White House

    Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance.

  • FDR Memorial

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    Southwest - Waterfront

    Spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict ...

  • Mount Vernon

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    Mount Vernon

    Great place to go with the family as it has an interactive museum and hands on discovery centre, farm animals and movies about George Washington

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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    SW Washington DC

    You'll see how paper money gets printed, cut, sorted and inspected for defects. There is a self guided 35 minutes tour which is one of DC's most populra.

  • Fords Theatre

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    NW Washington

    Re-live history at the site of President Lincoln's assassination in 1865 through the museum filled with fascinating exhibits. An amazing destination in Washington DC.

  • The Old Post Office Pavillion

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    NW Washington DC

    A highlight of a visit to the Old Post Office Pavilion is always a 360-degree picturesque view of Washington. From the observation deck of the 315-foot granite Clock Tower, you can enjoy the city\'s ...

  • The Washington Monument

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    NW Washington

    The interior opened to the public in 1888. Today, an elevator takes visitors on the 70 second trip up to the 500 foot landing for magnificent views of the city.

  • Lincoln Memorial

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    Washington

    Kids know a lot about the 16th president from school, and are generally very interested to visit the memorial of Lincoln

  • Old Post Office Tower

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    NW Washington DC

    Get a great view of Washington DC and the surrounding areas from the 270 foot observation deck on the Old Post Office Tower

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  • National Air and Space Museum

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    Washington

    Hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. ...

  • National Geographic Museum

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    Washington DC

    At National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions as well as permanent and ...

  • National Museum of Natural History

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    NW Washington

    Top tip for kids, you might want to make your first stop the first-floor Discovery Room, which is filled with creative hands-on exhibits "for children of all ages." Every now and then, the hall comes ...

  • United States National Holocaust Museum

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    SW Washington DC

    This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

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    Penn Quarter

    Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nations first art collection, and covers the richness and diversity of America's artists

  • National Postal Museum

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    NE Washington

    The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance ...

  • Madame Tussauds

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    NW Washington

    Visit Madame Tussauds Washington DC and experience our Presidents Gallery; a brand new exhibit that displays all 44 U.S. Presidents in an exciting and interactive environment. The Presidents Gallery ...

  • Marian Koshland Science Museum

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    NW Washington

    While families are welcome to enjoy up to the minute scientific research it's largely aimed at over 8s, though hands-on activities are offered most weekends.

  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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    Washington

    Committed to offering an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While there may be some portions of the museum you choose to avoid with your child, there are numerous exhibits and interactives ...

  • Navy Yard

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    Washington DC

    Loads of hands on things to keep the kids occupied naval artifacts, model ships, undersea vehicles, sub periscopes, a space capsule, a decommissioned destroyer - feel tired just reading it!! Please ...

  • Newseum

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    NW Washington DC

    15 main galleries, many of them hands-on interactive, which are fun and interesting for all ages telling the story of NEWS down the ages!

  • National Gallery of Art

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    Washington DC

    Loads of children's events - family specific things to do on the site and children's audio tour as well. Please visit our webiste for more details on family oriented activities.

  • National Museum of the American Indian

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    SW Washington DC

    The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of Native cultures(check out the website)!!!

  • National Museum of American History

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    NW Washington DC

    Lots for kids to do, check out the special kids section of the website. Lots of hands-on exhibits, old cars, trains - the kid of things that keep the small people amused - can get busy though, so ...

  • The Phillips Collection

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    NW Washington

    The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (18861966). The collection includes Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating ...

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art

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    NW Washington DC

    Apart from being a great art gallery, they also do great family programs - recommended for the small people as galleries can be hard work when you are little

  • O Street Museum

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    Washington

    The only museum of its kind, O Street Museum has always been dedicated to exploring the creative process. With more than 100 rooms and 32 secret doors, the collection rotates and changes daily.

  • International Spy Museum

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    Washington

    The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. An amazing array of public programs, workshops, demonstrations, and action-packed missions to go on!

  • Smithsonian Discovery Theater

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    SW Washington

    Loads of different live children performances geared at children - ranging from acting, musicians, mime, puppet shows - you name it - great idea for places to take the kids

  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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    Free daily performances are held on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer. There are free guided tours every day and have a section on their website just for family performances.

  • National Zoo

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    The National Zoo is a beautiful urban park offering family fun and excitement, stimulating education programs, and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. There is something new to discover on every visit.

  • National Aquarium

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    SW Washington

    The aquarium features a wide variety of marine life that includes sharks, rays, reptiles and several endangered species. The 70 tanks house sea turtles, American alligators, sharks, piranha and 1,200 ...

  • DC Ducks

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    Washington DC

    DC Ducks is the most exciting way to see Washington. Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 "Duck" and let the adventure begin! From Union Station we'll waddle down to the mall where you'll ...

  • City Segway Tours of Washington DC

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    Washington

    Take a tour of Washington DC with City Segway Tours and enjoy a novel way of seeing the city!

  • Open Top Sightseeing Washington DC

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    Washington DC

    Come with us and hear more about the people and places that make up the nation\\\'s capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings and impressive ...

  • Old Town Trolley Washington DC Tour

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    Sit back while the expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C. The popular Old Town Trolley tour covers Washington's major attractions. Great idea if you are ...