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Alexandria Black History Museum

703-746-4356

902 Wythe Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Price: $2

Age: All ages

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The Alexandria Black History Museum is composed of the museum, the Watson Reading Room and the African American Heritage Park. "The Alexandria Black History Museum's mission is to enrich the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, to foster...

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Calvert Marine Museum

410-326-2042

14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons MD 20688

Price: $2/ages 5 to 12; $7/adults

Age: 5 and up

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The Calvert Marine Museum is a great day-trip for families in the greater DC metro area.  Located in Solomons, Maryland, they have a plethora of hands-on activities for all ages.  Kids will learn about all things maritime - from exploring dugout...

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Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

4155 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach MD 20732

Age: All ages

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The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum depicts life in this small town when it was famous for its amuseument park created by Otto Mears.  It was a shoreline resort with railroad service from Washington and Baltimore.  The museum houses various...

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Chesapeake Children's Museum

410-990-1993

25 Silopanna Road
Annapolis MD 21403

Price: $4/person

Age: All ages

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Visit the Chesapeake Children's Museum where kids can discover the world around them through a variety of exhibits, hands-on activities and outdoor activities. Admission is only $4 for children ages 1 and up and they also offer memberships (basic...

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm

703-442-7557

6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean VA 22101

Price: $2/child & senior; $3/adult

Age: All ages

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm recreates life on an 18th century tenant farm in colonial Virginia. See volunteers dressed in period clothes talk about tobacco farming, animal husbandry and life on the farm. Children of all ages enjoy learning at the...

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College Park Aviation Museum

301-864-6029

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park MD 20740

Price: $4/adult; $2/child

Age: All ages

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The College Park Aviation Museum is a family-friendly, hidden gem with over 27,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.  They tell the story of the College Park Airport, the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Features changing...

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Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

703-425-9225

11200 Fairfax Station Road, PO Box 7
Fairfax Station VA 22039

Price: $3/adult; $1/child (Special events may be more)

Age: All ages

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The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum is a step back in time to the Civil War area. Make a visit and see the role it played during the Civil War.

Northern Virginia NTRAK has a permanent N scale layout in the caboose. In addition to the...

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Ford's Theatre Museum

202-347-4833

511 Tenth Street, NW
Washington DC 20004

Price: $3.50 and up

Age: 5 and up

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The Ford's Theatre Museum "combines a remarkable collection of historic artifacts with a variety of interactive exhibits to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Using environmental recreations, videos and three-dimensional figures, the...

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W St SE
Washington DC 20020

Age: All ages

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"The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the most famous 19th century African American." The museum is open throughout the year (seasonal hours) and you can tour the home (reservations recommended),...

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Hammond-Harwood House

410-263-4683

19 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis MD 21401

Price: $7/adult; $4/child

Age: 5 and up

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Hammond-Harwood House is the Jewel of Annapolis, the grandest Colonial house in town, preserved intact since 1774. It was the last project of the renowned architect William Buckland. In addition to its magnificent, perfectly preserved...

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Howard B. Owens Science Center

301-918-8750

9601 Greenbelt Road
Lanham MD 20706

Price: $3 and up

Age: All ages

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The Howard B. Owens Science Center is a 27,500 square foot facility owned and operated by the Prince George's County Public Schools. They offer programs for public schools as well as a variety of other programs for the general public.

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Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden

703-548-1789

614 Oronoco Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Price: $5/adult; $3/child 5 to 17; under 5 free

Age: All ages

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The Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden was built in 1785 as an urban plantation house. The house has a history which includes visits from George Washington and other historical figures.

It is currently a museum that is open to the public...

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Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

571-258-3800

21668 Heritage Farm Lane
Sterling VA 20164

Price: $5/adult; $4/seniors & military; $3/child

Age: All ages

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Loudon County has a long and important agricultural heritage, and the new Loudon County Farm Museum documents it all through exhibits, photos, and oral histories. The museum takes on some of the down notes including slavery, sharecropping, war,...

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Loudoun Museum

703-777-7427

16 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg VA 20175

Price: $3/adult; $1/children; under 4 free

Age: All ages

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Bringing history to life, the Loudoun Museum is sure to engage children of all ages. Loudoun County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States. Come to the museum to see exhibits that highlight its growth. The museum hosts family...

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Marian Koshland Science Museum

202-334-1201

525 E Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

Price: $4/students; $7/adults

Age: 10 and up

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The Marian Koshland Science Museum features-state-of-the-art exhibits that present the complexities of science in an engaging and accessible way to the general public. The museum explores current scientific issues at the core of many of the...

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National Building Museum

202-272-2448

401 F Street NW
Washington DC 20001

Price: $8/adult; $5/youth ($3 for Building Zone only)

Age: All ages

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If you like bricks then you'll love The National Building Museum, another world class public space with fascinating exhibits "dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning." Family drop...

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Roads and Rails Museum

200 N. East Street
Frederick MD 21701

Price: $7/adults; $4/children

Age: 3 and up

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The Roads and Rails Museum is a train-lovers dream.  Trains, trains and more trains (plus some history) is what you'll find here.  Definitely read the Our Kids review to learn more about what you can expect on a visit.

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Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum

301-600-1650

1611 North Market Street
Frederick MD 21701

Price: $4/person

Age: All ages

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Preserving the property known as Rose Hill from 1746-1950, Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum offers a hands-on environment for exploration where you'll learn about the daily life of Thomas Johnson (Maryland's first Governor) as well as...

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The Lyceum

703-746-4994

201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Price: $2

Age: 5 and up

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The Lyceum, originally a Civil War hospital, a private home, office building and the nation's first Bicentennial Center became Alexandria's History Museum in 1985.

The museum offers exhibitions, school programs, summer camp, lectures,...

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Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

202-965-0400

1644 31st Street, NW
Washington DC 20007

Price: $10/adult; $8/senior & military; $3/students

Age: 5 and up

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Tudor Place was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter, son of a successful Scottish tobacco merchant. Following the death of its last owner, Armistead Peter 3rd, the historic site opened to...

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