As I was writing this article, I was feeling pretty good thinking about the number and types of museums that our family has visited over the years. These include places like the small town Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, Virginia, (a family favorite which recently expanded), to the amazing free Smithsonian Museums in DC. In recent years, we have branched out to visit the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry for over 30 years), the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, and the EMP in Seattle (see photo).
Then I did some research and found out that there are over 35,000 museums in the US (according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services). That could literally take a lifetime to visit each and every one! But that doesn’t mean you can’t set a more reasonable goal of exploring a few new museums each year. With older kids, my husband and I have learned to appreciate museums that offer interactive exhibits or other unique activities in addition to things like hand-held audio tours that enable the kids to experience the museum at their own pace. So with that in mind, here are a few ideas for kid-friendly museum attractions and interactive exhibits worth adding to your list.
For more fun places to visit, check out Tripadvisor's Top 25 Museums in the United States. You are sure to find plenty of good recommendations to add to your list. Let me know if you have any favorites!