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Special Event Rentals

Clean, colorful and fun, the National Children's Museum is the perfect location for your next corporate or social event. Whether your special event is an intimate dinner for 10 or a reception for 300, the Museum can accommodate most event types, including receptions, birthday parties, reunions, showers and much more!

Located just steps away from several National Harbor hotels and conference centers, the entire Museum is available for evening events beginning at 6 p.m. and ending by midnight, seven days a week (depending upon availability). Click here for a floor map of the National Children’s Museum.

Visitors are greeted by a Big Bird statue right outside our front door – perfect for photos!
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The following spaces are included in your event rental package:

Our World

The Our World exhibit helps visitors develop a life-long curiosity about the world and cultures that surround them. Featured in Our World are the My Town, World Cultures and Map Zone areas. In each area of Our World, your caterer can develop a menu and display food in a unique and imaginative space.
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The Museum’s Map Zone serves as an orientation area that gives visitors a perspective to where they are physically located in the world. Included in the Map Zone is a “Pack Your Bag” exhibit with an airport luggage carousel. The Map Zone also contains a large, interactive floor map and large-scale atlases where visitors will be able to discover and appreciate the world’s physical structure, climate and natural resources.

My Town features a pizzeria, fire truck, shipping yard, campaign office and general store, all along Main Street.
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The World Cultures area is visually stunning and features a lively marketplace that highlights a specific country; homes and shelters around the world; a kitchen area presenting international foods and ways of cooking; an interactive clothing store with traditional clothing from various cultures; arts and crafts; transportation (including a tuk-tuk that “transports” visitors to different locales); and a language area that illustrates diverse types of writing and an audio activity.
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3 & Under

The colorful and playful 3 & Under gallery prominently highlights Sesame Street characters and themes. This area features “Cookie Monster’s International Yum-Yum Lunch Truck,” a place where your caterer can be especially creative in serving “street food” or the cuisine of your choice.
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NCM Theatre

The National Children’s Museum boasts a black box theatre that is an ideal space for presentations, lectures, music and theatrical performances, and film screenings. The theatre, which can seat approximately 120 people (depending on seating layout), has professional lighting (spotlights and house) and sound, a 22’ x 13’ stage and an in-ceiling 105” x 168” wide format screen. Additionally, there is a ceiling-mounted projector, a lectern with a wireless microphone, Blue-ray DVD player and more.

Center for Learning and Innovation

The Center for Learning and Innovation is the Museum’s space for hands-on programming and community meetings. The Center features three colorful multipurpose rooms that could be used for fun programming or a place to serve food.
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Approved Caterers

The National Children’s Museum has worked successfully with the following caterers and there are no exclusive contracts. To plan your menu, please contact the approved caterers below:

Occasions Caterers   202.454.7827   sample menu 

For more information and to schedule your special event, please contact Please note: If you wish to schedule a private playdate/birthday party for your child that does not involve renting the entire museum, click here.


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