Tips for Scout Day

We are very excited about your visit to the National Museum of Health and Medicine's Scout Day program!

Please share the following tips with your group before your arrival – for your protection and for the protection of the artifacts and exhibits:


  • The Scout Day program runs from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Groups may drop in anytime during that period.
  • There is no cost for the program.
  • The program is designed for scouts of all ages.
  • When all members of your group arrive, check in at the Registration Tent. You will receive one checklist for your group that will describe the activity stations and badge requirements that will be addressed per scout level.
  • All activities are hands-on and scouts will learn about outdoor injuries, triage, medicine, veterinary medicine, emergency response, and first aid.
  • Due to limited interior gallery space, activities will be held both inside and outside.
  • Due to the high volume of visitors for the program, supplies are limited to first-come, first-served.
  • Due to space constraints and volume of visitors, groups may have to wait in line to participate in some activities.
  • Activities are not timed and can be done in any order.
  • When you have completed all of the stations, return the clipboard to the Registration Tent to receive the fun patches and program evaluation.
  • Keep in mind that this program may not meet all badge requirements.

Museum rules:

  • No running or rough playing when in the museum. Our artifacts are irreplaceable!
  • Do not lean on the exhibit cases or use the exhibit cases as writing surfaces.
  • Stay with your group! Your leaders will make sure you see everything and check off your badge requirements.
  • No eating, drinking, chewing gum, or eating candy in the museum.
  • Do not bring food into the museum.


  • NMHM does not have eating facilities. Plan accordingly.


  • You are welcome to take photographs, but no flash photography inside the museum. Bright lights will damage our artifacts.
  • Museum staff may take photographs of visitors and groups for publication. If you or an individual in your party would prefer not to be photographed, inform an NMHM staff member.
  • You can find the museum on Facebook at, Twitter at and Instagram at Tag the museum with your photos and use #NMHM and let us know about your visit.


  • Parking is free!
  • The museum has limited parking and overflow parking spaces. We strongly recommend carpooling.
  • A staff member or volunteer will be available to direct you to parking.

For additional information about the program, call (301) 319-3312.