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. Upcoming dates: July 23, and July 29 at 10 am and 2 pm each day.
  • 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.  There will be ”Making Their Mark” family days on July 18 and 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. This free camp will be July 21-25, 9 am-12 pm; registration is required.
  • Sleepovers: Families with children ages 8-12 are invited to spend the night in the Rotunda, next to our country’s founding documents! Upcoming sleepover dates: August 2 and October 18. Registration will open mid-May; cost is $125/participant ($100 for Foundation members).

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.