We all know that D.C. has plenty of famous places to take a photo of or with the kiddos. But did you know it’s also a place for kids to learn the art and science of photography? Exhibits aim to catch young eyes for the purpose of teaching them something – whether it’s about works of nature or buildings or history. Here are some photo exhibits to set your sights on.
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Nat Geo Museum
Take your tech-savvy kids to see “@NatGeo: Most Popular Instagram Photos” exhibit to illustrate how photos make a difference worldwide. This exhibit boils down the most liked, commented on and favorite photos from National Geographic’s Instagram account, which has more than 62 million followers and more than 12,000 images. Photos feature animals, nature, people and places around the globe.
Cost: $15, $12/students/military/seniors, $10/children 5 to 12
Where: 1145 17th St., NW
When: Through April 30, 2017
National Museum of Natural History
Got a future veterinarian in the house? Check out the “21st Annual Best Photography International Awards.” It presents more than 80 prints from award-winning nature photographers. There’s the shot of a sea otter lying on its back looking like it’s praying, the mama bear catching a fish for her cubs and the black swans going head-to-head to make a heart.
Where: 1000 Madison Drive, NW
When: Through September 2017
Grab a free Discovery Pack on your way in. It’s a set of cards that helps guide families through the museum’s permanent collection, which includes more than 1,000 photographs by famous American photographers such as Berenice Abbott (American life), Esther Bubley (snapshots of Americans, including many families) and Bruce Davidson (many New York-bases shots).
Cost: $12/adult, $10/student and seniors, free for 18 and under
Where: 1600 21st St. NW
When: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m.; closed Mondays
National Building Museum
While you’re here, playing with LEGOS or building a giant foam block fort, check out “Investigating Where We Live 2016,” (through June 7, 2017) in which local teens used photography as one medium to illustrate D.C.
Cost: $10/adult, $7/child ages 3 to 17 and seniors
Where: 401 F St. NW
When: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Little history buffs might enjoy “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” This exhibit, opening Sept. 29, 2017, will commemorate President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday with 70 images of him, Jackie and their children. Lowe was the family’s personal photographer, giving him greater access to their personal life. See JFK’s rise to power and how the Kennedys liked to spend time at home.
Cost: $24.95/adult ages 19 to 64, $19.95/senior, $14.95/child ages 7 to 18, free for kids 6 and younger
Where: 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
When: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Portrait Gallery
Not a photo exhibit in the purest sense, but it involves photos, so we’ll go with it. “Explore! With the National Portrait Gallery” is the museum’s first space dedicated to children. The exhibit aims to help kids think about how they see themselves and how others see them through activities such as tracing silhouettes and building faces out of blocks with photos on them. The target age range is 18 months to 8 years.
Where: 8th and F streets, NW
When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Is there a kid-friendly photo exhibit we missed? Tell us about it in the comments section below.