Kids and Families

The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, has many fun exhibits and activities for kids of all ages. Visitors can see the original Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and explore other records in several exhibition galleries, the Boeing Learning Center, and the McGowan Theater, which hosts a variety of special programs, book talks, and films.

  • Constitution-in-Action Learning Labs: This fun, interactive program invites children and adults to work together to locate and analyze documents and their connections to the Constitution. This program is free, but reservations must be made in advance. 2015 dates: July 1 and July 7 at 10 am, and July 9 at 10am and 2pm.
  • July 4 kids 1Family Days: During these special themed days, the Boeing Learning Center is filled with hands-on activities introducing the great variety of records in the National Archives in new ways.  The last “Making Their Mark” family day of the year will be on December 30.
  • Genealogy Camp: Kids ages 12-15 are invited to spend a week this summer to learn how to trace their family history through the records at the National Archives. The dates for the 2015 Genealogy Camp will be announced soon.
  • Sleepovers: Families with children ages 8-12 are invited to spend the night in the Rotunda, next to our country’s founding documents!

The National Archives also includes locations across the country, including 13 Presidential libraries, each of which has a museum that hosts family activities. For more information, visit the website of the library you would like to visit.

These programs at the National Archives in Washington, DC, are supported by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generosity of John Hancock.