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African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

202-667-2667

1925 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington DC 20001

Price: Free admission

Age: 8 and up

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"Using photographs and documents, the African American Civil War Museum helps visitors understand the African American's heroic and largely unknown struggle for freedom for all."

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Agricultural History Farm Park

301-948-5053

18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood MD 20855

Price: Free

Age: All ages

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The Agricultural History Farm Park is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.  The park offers a small insight into Montgomery County's farming heritage.  There is an original farmhouse, bank barn and various outbuildings.  The park has annual events...

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Air Force Memorial

1 Air Force Memorial Drive
Arlington VA 22204

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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The Air Force Memorial pays tribute to the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Air Force and its predecssor organizations.  The memorial is open daily, with various hours depending on the time of year.

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Alexandria Archaeology Museum

703-746-4399

105 North Union Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Price: Free admission

Age: 6 and up

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"Through the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, the City of Alexandria, Virginia's archaeologists, volunteers and students work with citizens and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community's past, and to share...

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American University Museum

202-885-1300

4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington DC 20016

Price: Free admission

Age: 7 and up

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The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center provides guided tours for all ages to help you get the most out of your visit. Trained docents can tailor tours to focus on specific work or cover highlights of a particular exhibition on...

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B&O Railroad Museum

410-752-2490

901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore MD 21223

Price: Free (members); $16/adult; $10/child ages 2 to 12

Age: All ages

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Make the B&O Railroad Museum your next stop. Take a nostalgic journey into America's past at the oldest continuously operated railroad facility in the world. Five historic buildings, more than 150 pieces of full size equipment on 37 acres,...

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Baltimore Museum of Art

443-573-1700

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore MD 21218

Price: Free

Age: 5 and up

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BMA features the Cone Collection (20th Century art including Matisse and Picasso and lots more - thanks ladies!), American Paintings and Decorative Arts, European Paintings and Sculpture, Arts of Africa, Asia, The Americas and Oceania, Modern and...

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Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

703-365-7895

12229 Bristow Road
Bristow VA 20136

Price: Free admission

Age: 8 and up

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Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is a 28-acre site with five historic buildings that interprets the history of Brentsville (the county seat of Prince William during the Civil War) through three centuries. They offer guided tours, nature...

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

1-866-874-2330

14th and C Streets, SW
Washington DC 20228

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the largest producer of security documents in the United States. Tours are offered at their Washington, DC facility throughout the year. Peak times are March to August and free tickets are required. ...

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Colvin Run Mill

703-759-2771

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls VA 22066

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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A visit to Colvin Run Mill puts you front and center with a historic mill built c.1811. Kids can see the massive waterwheel and gears that power the grinding process, take part in educational tours and classes or even have a birthday party on the...

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DAR Museum

202-628-1776

1776 D St., NW
Washington DC 20006

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum is a family-friendly museum with 31 period rooms, a touch area and various galleries. They have family programs throughout the year, mainly geared for ages 5 and up.

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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

202-307-3463

700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington VA 22202

Price: Free admission

Age: 8 and up

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The DEA Museum & Visitor's Center is the only museum in the country focused on drugs, drug abuse and drug law enforcement. The museum opened in May 1999 and features interactive kiosks, mini theater, literature corner and exhibit on the...

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Dinosaur Park

301-627-1286

13201 Mid-Atlantic Boulevard
Laurel MD 20708

Price: Free

Age: All ages

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Walk the same ground the dinosaurs did millions of years ago and discover the secrets of Maryland's pre-historic past at Dinosaur Park in Laurel, Maryland.   The park preserves a rare deposit of fossils from the early Cretaceous period and is...

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Folger Shakespeare Library

202-544-4600

201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington DC 20003

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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Home to the world's largest and finest collections of Shakespeare materials, the Folger Shakespeare Library welcomes visitors of all ages. Family-friendly events are held throughout the year and you can visit their...

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Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art

202-633-4880

1050 Independence Ave., SW
Washington DC 20560

Price: Admission free

Age: All ages

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The Freer Gallery, the national museum of Asian art for the United States, is adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle and very close to the Orange and Blue lines' Smithsonian station. "The gallery houses a world-renowned collection of art from China,...

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Gaithersburg Community Museum

301-258-6160

9 S Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg MD 20877

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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The City of Gaithersburg Museum is in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station and features educational exhibit plus lots of information about the City's history.

They are open Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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Goddard Space Flight Center

301-286-3978

8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt MD 20771

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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Established in 1959, Goddard was NASA's first Space Flight Center.

Children's programs, model rocket launches, an interactive "Science on a Sphere," rocket and space capsule displays, and "the nation's largest organization of scientists...

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

202-633-4674

700 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington DC 20560

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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The Hirshhorn is the Smithsonian's museum of modern and contemporary art. This is a great place to ask kids what they see...Don't miss the Sculpture Garden.

 

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King Barn Dairy Mooseum

301-528-6530

18028 Central Park Circle
Boyds MD 20841

Price: Free

Age: All ages

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The King Dairy Barn was formerly the James & Macie King Farm. Sold to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) it has become a MOOseum, a dairy museum educating people about dairy farming and more.

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Library of Congress

202-707-5000

101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington DC 20540

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world with resources for visitors of all ages.

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