You do have to pay to get into this museum. However, it is an excellent museum and incredibly well
You do have to pay to get into this museum. However, it is an excellent museum and incredibly well put together. My whole family enjoyed it a lot and my son had a lot of questions about history and other things. The fact that you need to pay makes it less crowded than other museums on the National Mall. There were a lot of very cool interactive exhibits and we were able to do most of them (wasn't too busy). The Berlin Wall exhibit, 9/11 exhibit, and the hall of newspaper headlines from very early on (1800's I think?) were all absolutely amazing and somewhat life-changing. They generated a lot of discussion about me and my husband's life growing up and topics like "Mom/dad what was happening in the news when you were my age?" Very cool. Definitely worth the visit; great for kids and adults alike. Older kids (10+) will get the most out of this museum I think.