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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Family Activities

  • Who makes learning fun at the Smithsonian?

Education and public program staff work at every museum and research center of the Smithsonian, designing programs around heritage months, special exhibitions, and other events. The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies organizes teacher training, including on-line conferences.

Thanks to these dedicated staff members and the volunteers who help them, the hands-on experiences you can have at the Smithsonian vary from trying Chinese calligraphy at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, to learning how things fly at the National Air and Space Museum, to handling a hissing cockroach at the National Museum of Natural History.

Come in and join Smithsonian educators as they bring their "inside" programs "out" for the Folklife Festival!

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June 24-28

All activities are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall

Thursday, June 24 Friday, June 25 Saturday, June 26 Sunday, June 27 Monday, June 28
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Postal Museum
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum–Renwick Gallery
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • SI Libraries
  • National Museum of Natural History: Discovery Center
  • National Museum of Natural History: Forensics Lab
  • National Museum of Natural History: Insect Zoo
  • National Museum of Natural History: Naturalist Center

July 1-5

Thursday, July 1 Friday, July 2 Saturday, July 3 Sunday, July 4 Monday, July 5
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Zoological Park
  • National Museum of American History