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Washington, D.C. for student groups

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postedApril 3, 2020

Despite the fact that Washington, D.C., has a number of iconic attractions, its museum scene is always changing and expanding.

In the past four years, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Museum of the Bible have opened, and the International Spy Museum moved to a chic new space near the Wharf. That trend is continuing, as Planet Word gets ready to open at the end of May.

At Planet Word, school groups can discover the fun of words and language. Through playful, interactive, and unique experiences, the new museum will help students build literacy skills and learn more about the importance of language. Immersive spaces will allow for self-expression—telling jokes, singing,  reading, and writing—and live performances from local artists will round out the experience.

Another DC attraction, the National Geographic Museum, updated its gallery spaces last year. The museum provides a place where the stories and images of renowned explorers, photographers, and scientists can be displayed. During a visit, students can see permanent and changing exhibits that draw from NatGeo’s 125 years of covering the world.

To learn more, email Lindsay Hill of Destination DC or go to

Top Educational Attractions

International Spy Museum
Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History’s David H. Koch Hall of Fossils
Ford’s Theatre

Top Recreational Attractions

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The National Zoo


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Top photo: Rendering of exhibit at Planet Word
Photo by Planet Word