- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Location: The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington.

Admission: The Hands On History Room is for children 5 and older, and the staff does not make exceptions. Children ages 5 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Timed tickets, which are free, are required during weekends and busy times. They may be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis at the door of the room on the museum's second floor.

Parking and transportation: Limited parking is available on streets near the Mall from 10 a.m. to midnight. The Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stations on Metro's Blue and Orange lines are near the Mall. Call Metro at 202/637-7000.

Hours: The room is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and is closed on federal holidays. Hours are subject to change. Inquire at museum information desks for daily changes or check the Web page. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas.

Food: Cafeteria facilities are on the lower level, but be prepared to open your wallet if you intend to eat there. A small turkey sandwich costs $7.15, a soda is $2.20 and a bag of chips is $1.49 meaning that a meager lunch for four at the museum could run $40 or so. Although no brown-bag facilities are offered within the museum, the snack bar does have comfortable seating, including tables and rattan chairs, at which, perhaps, a from-home snack or two might be nibbled.

Information: Call 202/357-2700. Information about the museum can be accessed at https://americanhistory.si.edu.

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