If you’re looking for an educational and entertaining road trip for the entire family, we recommend spending a week in Washington D.C. and enjoying some of the 19 different Smithsonian museums. And while general exploration is always encouraged, we found three unique exhibitions that will provide all-ages fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
Baseball: America’s Home Run April 9, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2025
The National Postal Museum To celebrate professional baseball’s 150th anniversary (!), the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has put together a truly massive exhibition, revolving primarily around an enormous collection of baseball-themed U.S. and international stamps and mail. There will also be a number of additional exhibition items—some never-before-seen in public—courtesy of other Smithsonian museums, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and more! You have three years to catch this one, so no excuses! Learn more
Nation of Speed Fall 2022
National Air and Space Museum Want to see a bunch of machines that help you go fast? Then this is the exhibition for you. As part of the museum’s ongoing renovation, the grand reopening of the eight west-side galleries will include this celebration of the human desire to go fast and how it’s shaped our national identity. The coolest part? You’ll get to see epic vehicles like Mario Andretti’s Indy 500-winning race car and more. Learn more
Early Flight Fall 2022
National Air and Space Museum When you’re done checking out stuff that goes fast, wander over to this exhibition of stuff that goes up! Early Flight focuses on, well, early flight! Specifically the ten years of experimentation that pushed aircraft forward from wild idea to common transportation method. This exhibition will also let you check out some critical early flight artifacts in person, such as the Lilienthal Glider, the 1909 Wright Military Flyer, and the Bleriot XI. Learn more