Discover STEM Week is an annual celebration of all things STEM - science, technology, engineering and math. During this week, the museum will host students in grades 4-8 for hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Discover STEM Week typically takes place in February. Field trips during this time include free busing and admission for accepted groups thanks to the generous support of our donors.
Applications for Discover STEM Week 2020 will be available online in late October.
Nuclear Science Week (NSW) is a national, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional, national and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Nuclear Science Week 2019 will take place the week of October 14-18. During this week, the museum invites students in grades 6-12 with their schools to visit the museum for special activities themed around nuclear science. Field trips during this time include free busing and admission for accepted groups thanks to the generous support of our donors.
Applications for Nuclear Science Week 2019 will be available online in July.
The 2018-2019 Education Guide is now available!
School groups of all ages are welcome to visit the Museum, and classes of 2nd grade and up may experience the best in science and history educational programming. The many programs we have to offer are sure to get your students thinking, talking and imagining.
Scavenger hunts are great for self-guided tours! Download and print them for your visit or let us know what scavenger hunt you would like when you book your visit so we can have it ready for you.
Scavenger Hunt (Grades K-1): A visual scavenger hunt of museum objects appropriate for kindergarten through first grade.
Museum Mission (Grades 2-3): A scavenger hunt that encourages students to explore the museum. Students will search for objects and speculate about their uses.
Photo Scavenger Hunt (Grades 3 and up): A one-page photo scavenger hunt of the museum featuring straight-forward as well as more abstract photographs of objects for students to find and map. Younger children could complete this scavenger hunt with adult assistance.
ARTifacts (Grades 4 and up): A creative exercise in observation for grades 4 and up.
Museum Operative (Grades 5 - 8): Find objects in the museum and answer multiple choice questions to reveal a secret code that you must unscramble.
Primary Source Primer (Grades 7-12): An introduction to primary sources found in the museum exhibits appropriate for students grades 7-12.
Mining the Nuclear Museum (Grades 10-12): A series of questions prompts students to explore the museum and think critically about the stories museums tell. Best for students with some knowledge of nuclear science and history (ie. the Manhattan Project, Cold War, nuclear and alternative energy).
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is pleased to offer week-long, themed camp for summer 2019. These camps are geared to campers Pre-K and Kindergarten through 7th grades. Sessions include "Foodie Science", "STEMinists: Geosciences Edition", Got Game?", "Movie Magic" and many more!Learn More
The new documentary, THE DAY WE WALKED ON THE MOON, will be screened in nearly 70 Smithsonian Institution-affiliated museums across the country on 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s THE DAY WE WALKED ON THE MOON. These special screenings will take place on Saturday, July 20th. This documentary will run at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.Learn More
Join us as we tell the story of the longest serving aircraft in United States military in the special exhibition, “BUFF: The B-52 Story,” on display June 8 through December 29, 2019. This temporary exhibition explores this iconic Boeing aircraft’s past, present and future as an American strategic bomber.Learn More