During our recent weekend trip to Washington DC, we had a goal of visiting as many Smithsonian Museums as possible (if you didn’t know, all the Smithsonian museums offer FREE admission). We also wanted to view the SPY Museum (not a Smithsonian, a cost for admission but totally worth going to see). Luckily the SPY Museum stays open later than the Smithsonian’s, so we knew that would be our last stop for the day. However, on our way and literally across the street is the National Portrait Gallery.
So we said, “When in Rome”
Oddly enough the National Portrait Gallery is great for the whole family. I mean you could totally go alone, or with other adults and have a great time viewing all the pieces without feeling rushed. But, they also have an area for the kids! And activities too, so check their site/calendar for what they have going on. Luckily for us the kids not only got to release some inner artist, we also got to hear a story.
They offered a craft for the kids to make the went in conjunction with the story that was read. It seemed fitting to read a story about a president and black history (or American history for that matter) during President’s Day weekend which also coincides with black history month. The story was about Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. The offered cut outs of Abe and Fredrick to create your own picture. Here is what my son came up with.
Cute right? I can’t with him.
Certainly we HAD to take the stroll down the hall to see the portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as well as Fredrick Douglas. The beauty of visiting not only the National Portrait Gallery but museums in general is that you can reiterate what they are currently learning, whether home school or in a traditional school setting.
So let’s get back to the kids area.
Explore! With the Portrait Gallery!” recently opened in January of 2017. Full of hands-on fun, the kids area has a ton of stuff to let the kids creative side come out. The kids can take a jab at drawing Silhouettes, having fun with a video that projects on the wall, showing themselves, books, and more. It was an unexpected area we found, as we did know that it was family day that day, but never expected all the fun things they had for the kids to play with.
They have adorable window seats, which are great for the tired parent who has been walking around all day. We totally stayed a while and just… relaxed! It’s totally worthy of taking the family to the National Portrait Gallery, even if you have little ones.
To find out more about the National Portrait Gallery, you can click here.