Smithsonian Family Tours
Are you trying to figure out the best way to organize your Smithsonian visit? Here is one tool to get you started. Families with kids of all ages love to explore the Smithsonian museums. We started with tours focused on kids ages 8-12 years old, as we know this is a time when kids are starting to more deeply explore science, history, nature, space, art, and culture - both in and out of school.
Browse our family tours below, organized by theme or museum – and customize them for your needs. Check out the related activity ideas and links. E-mail yourself the tour, and enjoy your visit! Please send us feedback if you have suggestions on how to improve our offering – and be sure to join our mailing list to be one of the first to know about new Smithsonian family products and activities!
Art, music, crafts, dance, photography, games and toys—this tour is for kids who love to make and create and let their minds play. TAKE THE TOUR
Kids love extremes—fastest, biggest, toughest, ugliest, or just plain weirdest! This customizable tour highlights record-setting flying machines, incredible feats, strange and amazing beasts and other mind poppers. TAKE THE TOUR
Name a year (1776, 1865, 1941, 1968...) and what historic events, people, fashions, and objects pop to mind? This tour for tweens and teens is aimed at history buffs with imagination. TAKE THE TOUR
Zero in on the must-see items for kids in the Smithsonian's largest museum, the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and its Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. TAKE THE TOUR
Presidents and First Ladies, TV and movie props, machines and inventions—the National Museum of American History features the people and objects that make America what it is. TAKE THE TOUR
The National Museum of the American Indian houses an astounding 800,000 Native objects spanning 10,000 years. This short tour highlights the greatest hits with kid appeal. TAKE THE TOUR
Bones, butterflies, gems, meteorites, and giants of sea and land are among the greatest hits at the National Museum of Natural History. TAKE THE TOUR
At the National Portrait Gallery kids will "meet" presidents, sports standouts, celebrities, brave leaders, and other fascinating people, past and present. TAKE THE TOUR