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National Children's Museum

Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 112 Waterfront St, National Harbor, Washington DC, DC 20745-1137
Phone Number: +1 202-675-4120
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A museum designed for kids with loads of interactive educational exhibits.

A museum designed for kids with loads of interactive educational exhibits.

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I visited here with twin toddlers and there were definitely things they enjoyed, such as the bus and fire truck/fire fighter dress up areas. Unfortunately, there just isn't much... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2014
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Hampton, Virginia
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Maryland
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

I have not been to this place in over a year now. The main reason is the lack of things to do for the kids to explain things. It's a small venue so if you don't like crowds it's not for you. Pricing was a tad much about 10-15 a head but items there that were to climb on or... More 

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1 Thank Tammy S
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38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

Disappointed to say to the least. We added this our "things to do" while visiting family in DC. We have a 1 year old, 2 year old and 8 year old. Our Children's museum at home (Portsmouth, VA) has always been a source of fun and amusement for our children, so a "national" museum in the capitol must be even... More 

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12 Thank jonandkate83
Alexandria, Virginia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

I've visited 4 times over 2 years, with toddlers. While there are appealing elements, like the live 15 minute shows/plays, overall, it's too small to hold any interest beyond about an hour's visit, which is costly considering the $10/person admission fee. Staff IS terrible. One employee chased me down to tell me my kids needed to restock the "store shelves"... More 

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9 Thank Griffinchauc
Hampton, Virginia
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

I visited here with twin toddlers and there were definitely things they enjoyed, such as the bus and fire truck/fire fighter dress up areas. Unfortunately, there just isn't much here to justify paying to visit. I think if there are more activities added (and with a historical area like DC, maybe some fun twists on history such as play areas/costumes/learning... More 

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9 Thank JustStace
Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

this is just so so so boring and small my daughter of 5 years hate it 3 times the best part is the corner of 3 and less So if you have a baby will work for other kids thereis not much to do a some kind of kitchen to play a real taxi a and some clothes of other... More 

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Des Moines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We have avoided going due to the reviews. And, frankly, could have survived never going. We attended Elmos birthday party. It was chaotic, unorganized, messy, and advertised to be more than it was. Children's museums in 4 different states are far better. This is a sad excuse and a waste of money.

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7 Thank mrsjenjump
Tioga, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Let me begin by saying that I have three children, ages 14, 11 and 2. I've been around the US and been in several children's museums, this is NOT a museum. I took my youngest daughter there thinking it would be fun for a few hours while my wife was at a training class in Washington. WRONG. Admission as $18... More 

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6 Thank 416jkbr109
Kentucky
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

I agree with others this shouldn't be called a "museum." It is more of a play place for young children. We went with 16 month old little ones and they loved it. Here is what you need to know: * The place is very small and on this day it was very warm inside. A combination of the front doors... More 

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4 Thank Matewan24
Florida
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

I would like to say that at $10 per head including children and adults this is is not worth the price, but even if it were free it would be not worth the time. The area is small, the "exhibits" are more like play toys, there is little or no learning value and as a playground it is not even... More 

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10 Thank ThoRei1899
titus1218
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

It's an embarrassment that they call this a national museum. My 4 and 6 year old were bored out of their minds. Teenagers could have put this together. I would expect to see something like this in a small town, not a large metropolitan area.

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