Washington DC Field Trip Activity

The National Treasures
Scavenger Hunt for Kids at
The Museum of American History

  • private
  • kids
  • teens
  • indoor

The National Treasures Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Go on a field trip across the country

Pack your (imaginary) bags to go on an amazing journey across centuries and a continent on a scavenger hunt that reveals the best of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. On teams, kids and their chaperone will follow clues that guide you through galleries, in search of answers to tricky, humorous questions.

One moment you’ll be examining Dorothy’s ruby slippers to learn about the Yellow Brick Road; the next you’ll be looking at ball gowns worn by First Ladies; and after that you’ll goggle at massive locomotives and early cars that once raced across the continent. You’ll be dazzled by what you discover—but know previous knowledge of American history is required to win. You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork.

Along the way, your team might…

  • “Pass” a president’s “nuclear football.”
  • Search the many rooms of the largest doll house you’ve ever seen.
  • Examine charred wood from the time the White House was set on fire.
  • Look in horror at a talking doll created by electricity pioneer Thomas Edison.
  • Salute a heroic pigeon from World War I.

The scavenger hunt provides a great way for kids to learn about American history. It will pique their curiosity and leave them eager to learn more. And they will have a museum experience that makes them eager to return. As a school field trip activity, the game spurs teamwork and highlights how the talents of each player are needed for success.

Plus the scavenger hunt is a great activity for kids and adults to enjoy together. Families will especially enjoy this activity.

What are people saying about this DC scavenger hunt for kids?

A 5-star review on Yelp: “This company makes attractions even more fun! They were very organized, well planned and gave clear directions. The amount of time given was perfect and the hosts were wonderful. Thank you Watson Adventures!” —posted by the leader of a school group

Another 5-star Yelp review: “My daughter and her friends celebrated her 16th birthday with a scavenger hunt at the National Museum of American History. Our Hunt Host, Sharlette, was really engaging and fun—the girls had a great time and it was a perfect way to celebrate her sweet 16!!”

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