Museums & Zoos in Washington, D.C.

Museums

MUSEUMS and ZOOS in Washington, D.C. We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Here's the rundown for Washington: Admission fees are coded as follows: $ = $5 or less $$ = $5+ to $10 $$$ =$10+ to $15 $$$$ =More than $15 Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch) WASHINGTON, DC Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third Street at H Street NE, allow 1 hour 30 minutes minimum. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed January 1, Thanksgiving, Easter and December 25. Admission $$. Phone 202-543-8600. Explorers Hall, National Geographic society, 17th and M Streets, NW, allow 1 hour minimum. Monday-Saturay and holidays 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Dec 25. Admission free. Phone 202-857-7588 (weekdays), 202-857-7000 (weekends). National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 7th Street and Independence Ave, SW. Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed December 25. Admission to museum free. Planetarium and IMAX theater, $. Phone 202-357-2700 or 202-357-1300. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, on Constitution Ave. between 12th and 14th Sts. NW. Open daily 10am-5:30pm, longer hours Memorial Day-Labor Day, closed December 25. Admission free. Phone 202-357-2700. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 10th Street and Constitution Ave. NW, with children's Discovery Room. Open daily 10am-5:30pm, longer hours Memorial Day-Labor Day, closed December 25. Admission free. Phone 202-357-2700. National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Grounds open 8am-8pm April 15-Oct 15 and 8am-6pm the rest of the year. Buildings open 9am-4:30pm. Admission free. Phone 202-673-4717 or 202-673-4800 (recording). White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Free tours are available, but tickets limited. Phone 202-456-7041 for information.

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