The Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on your own or with friends, use science to solve problems and engage in stimulating conversations with others.

The Koshland Science Museum offers unique, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for visitors.

Interactive Science Exhibits

In the exhibits, interactive displays illustrate the role of science in informing public policy that affects our lives. Visitors can explore the following interactive exhibits at the museum, which contain bold designs and in-depth information.

Learn about the causes of climate change, its impacts, and potential solutions. Examine observed changes, explore the sources of carbon dioxide (CO2), and discover regional impacts across the globe.

Play the role of a policy maker to identify priorities, evaluate tradeoffs, and decide how to respond to climate change in the exhibit’s unique simulation game. Employ strategies to lower CO2 emissions to a level that will reduce the impact of climate change. Decide which actions align with the priorities you value, and compare your plans with other players.

Explore the science of healthy living and learn about how your brain works in this digital interactive experience. Make a video and share your stories with other visitors. Test your skills at the driving simulator to see how well you can handle distractions. Play a brain game to learn how to grow a healthy mind through the choices you make throughout your life.

Wonders of Science

Explore how energy use has changed both regionally and globally with the “Lights at Night” interactive display. Discover the inner life of a cell with an animated movie. Find out what causes unsafe drinking water and identify potential solutions for your community with Safe Drinking Water is Essential.

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Hands-On Science earth lab

Dig into the issues with hands-on activities at the Koshland Science Museum. Learn why some light bulbs are more efficient than others. Improve your ability to recall everyday objects with a memory game. Explore the carbon cycle using playing cards and ping pong balls. Hands-on activities are offered most Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the Hands-On Science section for more information on these activities.

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The Koshland Science Museum is centrally located in the heart of Washington, D.C., with easy access to dining facilities, public transportation, and the National Academies’s bookstore.


The Koshland Science Museum does not offer dining facilities onsite. The museum is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C., within blocks of a wide variety of eating establishments, from cafés and sandwich shops to fine dining restaurants.


The National Academies’ Bookstore is located at 500 Fifth St., N.W., around the corner from the museum. The bookstore offers a wide range of scientific publications, as well as National Academies’ merchandise. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday. Visit to download free books.


To enhance your experience at the museum and to protect the museum’s exhibits, we ask that you do not consume food or drink or chew gum. The museum is a smoke-free facility.

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