There are plenty of museums in Washington, D.C. to spend your free time in. There are even more new exhibits coming and going each year. Make sure you catch these family-friendly museum exhibits before they leave town.

Through the African American Lens
American History Museum
1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-1000
www.si.edu

Starting May 8, the American History Museum presents Through the African American Lens: A Preview of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The highly anticipated museum is set to open by the end of the year, but in the mean time the Welcome Center is open and exhibits in other museums are available. Through the African American Lens will exhibit a sample of what the new museum will have on display, including film clips, fashion, photography and other artifacts. Take a glimpse into African American history.

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-7588
www.nationalgeographic.com

Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic movie characters of all time, and one of Harrison Ford’s most recognizable roles. The character is responsible for many kids and adults interest in archaeology. This exhibit might be the closet thing you’ll get to a real archaeological adventure. An interactive and immersing exhibit, you will be greeted by Indie and go on an adventure to discover some mysteries. Featuring exclusive items from the films and real archaeological artifacts, the exhibit is easily one of the best exhibits in D.C.

Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Sts. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-8300
www.nationalportraitgallery.org

Everyone in your family may not agree upon who is the best actor, singer, dancer or anything else, but you more than likely have one. The National Portrait Gallery has been known to focus on pop culture in previous exhibits. Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze looks deeper into the fascination of celebrity through varying styles of portraiture. The exhibit features celebrities like Brad Pitt, Renee Fleming, and Katy Perry, to celebrity photographers like Annie Liebovitz and Todd Glaser. Your family of celebrity obsessed or photography obsessed fans will enjoy this look into fame and stardom.

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Spark!Lab
American History Museum
1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-1000
www.si.edu 

Keeping children entertained during the summer can be hard when you also want them to learn. Museum exhibits can be a great way to combine education and entertainment. Beginning in July, Spark!Lab combines hands-on activities and historical content to teach children about the history and process of invention. The whole family will have fun learning about some of the biggest inventions and inventors in history. The Places of Invention is also a gratifying exhibit. Perhaps someone in your family will catch the inventor bug.

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
American Indian Museum
4th St. and Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20050
(202) 633-1000
www.si.edu 

The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Taj Mahal are all famous wonders of the world that continue to fascinate people. These may be some of the most famous wonders, but there are many more lesser known wonders. Including the Inka Road, a 20,000 mile long engineering feat that has recently be declared a World Heritage site. This exhibit discusses the significance of the road, culture and centuries long impact.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.