National Children’s Museum Brings Interactive Exhibit to THEARC

National Children’s Museum Brings Interactive Exhibit to THEARC

The National Children’s Museum (NCM) is excited to announce the opening of a new interactive STEM exhibit for children and families. The museum is partnering with Building Bridges Across the River to host the exhibit for an extended engagement at The Town Hall Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC). THEARC, located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, is an ideal venue to host this hands-on exhibit.  With free admission, free parking, and proximity to the Southern Avenue Metro Station, it allows NCM to meet our goal to make the world class exhibit accessible to children from all communities.  

Nano – Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! at THEARC is a new engaging exhibition for family audiences about nanoscale science, technology, and engineering (nano). Join us to imagine and discover the nanoscale world—a world so tiny it’s too small to see! This 400-­‐square foot exhibition includes hands-­‐on, interactive exhibits that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications.  At the Small, Smaller, Nano exhibit, you can play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At the Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube exhibit you can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny structure called a carbon nanotube. There are plenty of examples of nano in nature, technology, and your own home. Where Can You Find Nano? lets you listen, look, and touch to discover nano all around you. At Balance our Nano Future, a variety of blocks represent the challenge of trying to create a stable nano world—can you balance all the blocks on the tippy table? Throughout the exhibition, interactive panels provide information on tiny solutions for big problems, exciting technologies inspired by nature, and different perspectives on nanotechnology.  The Nano exhibition includes a seating area with comfortable furniture and additional reading material about this important topic.  

Visit the exhibit in THEARC's lobby from now until November 13th! Be sure to use our #IAMTHEARC hashtag and share your photos on Twitter @THEARC_DC

Visit, form more information via digital media, video, podcasts, and more!  An audio description for blind and low vision museum visitors is available at, which may be downloaded at any time.

Nano is produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

About National Children’s Museum

The National Children’s Museum (NCM) was founded in 1974 as the Capital Children’s Museum and was designated by Congress as the National Children’s Museum in 2003. During its transition from H St. N.E., Washington, D.C. to Prince George’s County, it served hundreds of thousands of children throughout the region through its Museum Without Wall Programs.  In November 2014, NCM announced that it would be relocating to Washington, D.C. Currently the museum offers public programs and exhibits through its Museum On The Move Program.  More information is available at

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