Planet Word
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Planet Word is an immersive language experience located at the historic Franklin School in Washington, D.C. Ideal for all ages, Planet Word is a voice-activated museum (the world’s first!), and our interactive galleries and exhibits bring words and language to life in all sorts of fun ways.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • McPherson Square • 4 min walk
  • Metro Center • 6 min walk
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  • Louisa H
    Bethesda, Maryland70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excitement for All Ages
    The only problem with the Word Museum: it is so innovative, that it is hard to describe. I took my five-year old grandson and he was immersed for hours. Imagine a wall where you can learn new words by "painting" new scenes. Or a library where the books read to you. Or a karaoke where you can belt out the words to Frozen as the construction of the lyrics is displayed on a gigantic screen. When they say "all ages", they mean all ages will enjoy this place. It also free!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Amanda N
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum, fun for everyone
    This museum far exceeded my expectations! A must see if you are in DC, educational yet very interactive. Not much for kids under 6 but most ages 7 up Through seniors were highly engaged and enjoying themselves. We spend 3 hours there which is 2.5 hours longer than we lasted at another paid private museum near by.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • flo220
    New York City, New York349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and educational for all ages
    Very interesting and well set up museum about words.We went with our grandchildren 4 and almost 8 and all of us were very engaged. Lots of hands on and interactive exhibits and all of us learned a lot. We stayed there for 2 hours and could have been there longer if we didn't need to get somewhere else. Easy to get too. No cost to enter but reservations suggested.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 October 2023
  • TBMutiny
    Woodstock, Georgia226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    What an incredible place! Words are brought to life and every room will be entertaining and informative. Take a book from the shelf and place on the table, then watch it come to life! Best time to go is midweek around 3pm when school aged people will not be present.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 22 October 2023
  • PurpleAnkh
    Fort Washington, Maryland269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Polyglots and bibliophiles UNITE!
    I love language and all things words. This museum was an awesome opportunity to learn about language and its origin. The three story building ( The old Franklin School) has lots of interactive exhibits that incorporate everything from language and the media to culture, bias and words as power. How did certain words become part of our current lexicon and where did they originate? There is also an exhibit area devoted to the plays on words. I love a good dad joke so this particular room was lots of fun to me. There is an area with an immersive AR type experience that allows you to put tons of books under the sensor and hear about the story and why a specific person was drawn to it. This particular room also has a secret room in which you can listen to poems being read celebrating language. Karaoke room is also lots of fun. Give yourself a few hours to wander through the museum.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 December 2023
  • Nancy A
    289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Do
    Planet Word is just wonderful. While I generally don't enjoy hands-on type experiences, this one was great. Some very unusual and innovative exhibits; there is something for everyone. The creators should be proud of themselves. Please make time to go visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 December 2023
  • KHill7707
    121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Miss Planet Word!
    What an amazing museum! We almost skipped our reservation here because we were still making our way through a Smithsonian but I’m so glad we hustled over (and in the rain!). Planet Word is a must do for all ages— everything is interactive, engaging, informative and created great conversation for our group. Staff was so kind and helpful. We loved Planet Word!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • NDSuzieQ
    Boston, Massachusetts201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a unique museum
    Really enjoyed our recent visit here. Such a unique concept for a museum - figured we would love it or hate it when we arrived. Turns out we loved it. My favorite was the top floor language learning and the book room. Great way to spend 1-2 hours and learn a lot.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • BillUsma74
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem of a Museum
    Off Franklin Square, this Museum is well worth a visit (or 2!). Plan on spending a couple of hours enjoying how our English language has evolved. My wife was an English Teacher so she enjoyed it even more. The Staff also enjoy being there and sharing their knowledge and expertise. Their enthusiasm is infectious. I could have gone back the next day to absorb even more of it. It is that good!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2024
  • Katie W
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such thoughtful exhibits!
    I came here on a recommendation from a podcast. I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but was delighted with what was there. All the exhibits are really thoughtfully designed and allow for many visitors to get to use them. I rarely felt like I was waiting around to try out a feature. I would definitely recommend Planet Word to anyone visiting DC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
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Jamie M
Haddonfield, NJ17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Planet Word should be mandatory for any curator or museum exhibit designer. I have never seen such clever and effective use of technology and media, and exhibits that engage and educate to such a degree. I like literature and etymology, but I'm not an expert by any means. Anyone will come out of this museum with a finer appreciation for language and a desire to learn more. And that's what museums should be about.

I've been to a couple of museums in the last few years that got it all wrong - they use technology for its own sake, use lots of images and buttons and "interactivity" that superficially seems appealing, but in the end you come away feeling emptier. Planet Word seems to have learned valuable lessons from some of these failed museums.

I'm in my 60's, and I enjoyed the museum at the same time as families, young adults, and a wide demographic. What a pleasure! The museum is free, but there are recommended donations - I loved it so much I joined as a member, even though I may only get there once every couple of years.
Written 31 December 2022
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Rudi Rudi
Washington DC, DC2,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Place on your MUST-DO list!
This place was so much fun. From the bathrooms to the elevators there are exciting details to discover. A hidden room, words and phrases printed in every archway, karaoke, joke telling, painting with words and other interactive experiences make this the best place in Washington DC.
Start by noticing the amazing fence, then "listen" to the lighted tree.
Friendly staff will greet you.
Put on your mask, pick up a stylist pen and start your adventure.
We actually returned a month later because we had so much fun.
Street parking was really cheap and easy on Thursday mornings.
There was an expensive parking garage that required an app on the same block.
Devon & Blakely was my favorite place to eat. It is located after the expensive parking lot on 13th.
Across the street FRANKLIN PARK - which just completed renovations.
Written 4 October 2021
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Charles L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I took my two kids, 15 and 12, to this DC 's newest museum in separate trips due to their own scheduling conflicts. They both enjoyed it thoroughly. Planned to spend 2 hours for each trip, but each trip took almost 3 hours. Even for me for the second trip in a row, still find a lot new and enjoyable stuff. This is one of a kind type of place. To call it a museum does not say everything. All exhibits are interactive and engaging. Online reservation was made 5 weeks in advance. Special thanks to staff help accommodate our schedule challenge so I can take my kids to this place in two trips in a row.
Written 24 August 2021
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stylematters
CT38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
“Planet Word” feels like your old world elementary school and indeed it is in an old school building . But, adventures through and about language with state of the art technology are today’s kind of magic .

Play with poetry , perfect a speech , meet a new language , write a joke and , best of all , enter the sights and sounds of your favorite books in the enchanting library .

Best of luck to DC ‘s newest Museum, a genius idea waiting for visitors to touch , feel and remember the power and glory of words .
Written 15 April 2021
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WanderingWayfarer
United States456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
This museum was such a pleasant surprise! It’s small and compact but so much fun. We literally saw families with small children enjoying the interactive exhibits as well as couples aged 80+. Highly recommend. It’s a free museum and it’s times entry (ticket) but they do accept walk-ins based on availability.
Written 13 July 2023
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chamdexor
Chesterfield, VA1,629 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
I'm going to first tell you why this is an awesome museum and then why it gets docked a star (which is a shame).

So we had a bit larger party including teens who were less than thrilled at going to a museum of words. But I'd heard good things and to all of surprise, it was a very fun place and no one complained they were bored once we left. Even our teens.

They did a really impressive job creating different rooms with different experiences that made it fun. There's karaoke with everything from Frozen to Drake to Paul Simon. There is a really amazing Word Wall with an interesting voiceover. There is interaction with people from different parts of the world notating where some words originate or are used. They have an escape type puzzle game (costs and we didn't have time to do it, but I'd like to in the future). They have a beautiful "library" that has hidden mirrors that turn into stories and a hidden room. All in all - we were all really impressed and had fun.

Now, the one bad thing. They are extremely vigilant mask enforcers which is fine to continue the masking policy if that's what you choose to do. We all wore masks and we are vaccinated. However, apparently, when some of us were in another room, my 70+ year old mother was sitting at a table with her grandchildren and some manager came over and screamed at them that if she sees them drop their mask one more time, they will be kicked out. OMG! When we found out we were dumbfounded. It is absolutely true that we reminded two teens to pull up their mask one time and it is absolutely true that another time when we were in a room all by ourselves I pulled it down to sneeze into my elbow. But no one said anything to us because we did wear our masks. So we were shocked that our only interaction with a staff member was when she came over and yelled at my senior mother. It really ruined our experience to end on that note. So at that point, we left, but not before we spoke to the woman who completely backtracked and apologized for her behavior and said her staff told her they had spoken to members of our group multiple times (we had NOT had any interaction with any staff member other than the lady who was explaining the escape type game to us - not one other interaction) and when talking to us about it, she was as pleasant as pie. So our thought was she had us mistaken for another group. Either way - really?!
Written 13 June 2022
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Boris41645
Lincoln, MA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My wife and I went there for a reception, and toured the galleries before dinner. Normally, I am skeptical of 'interactive museum experiences,' but this was simply amazing, with creative use of technology, including a bit of artificial intelligence.

The exhibits were fun to interact with, even for adults, and I bet kids would just eat the place up. Many of the exhibits revolve around humor, such as one in which the exhibit shows you a cartoon with two possible captions. You pick the one which you think is funny, then the computer tells you why it thinks you picked that answer.

The space itself is spectacular. It is set in a former school, with high ceilings, light and airy, and everything is beautifully restored to showcase some of the decorative features rarely seen in contemporary buildings.

Highly recommended for kids who are in the mid-elementary grades, a great way to help them fall in love with the world of reading and words. I also highly recommend it as a site for a reception or other event. The waitstaff and the service were impeccable, and whatever caterer they were using - Wow, just wow.
Written 9 April 2022
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Anne T
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
After being put off since AUGUST our organization was bumped by another group after we were initially told via email that they weren’t booking ANY groups until January! Our large group, part of a conference, had one day free to visit the museum, and we told them that. To say we are disappointed by this unprofessionalism and disorganization is an understatement.
Written 6 December 2023
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TBMutiny
Woodstock, GA226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
What an incredible place! Words are brought to life and every room will be entertaining and informative. Take a book from the shelf and place on the table, then watch it come to life!
Best time to go is midweek around 3pm when school aged people will not be present.
Written 22 October 2023
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Anywhere Girl
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The school building renovation is stunning, the staff kind and welcoming, and the gallery spaces are beautiful, but I think a museum on an abstract topic should first of all get the facts right. Obviously, a lot of money went into the project, but perhaps too little thought.

How can you skip over concepts like what is a word? What is a language? What is the purpose of a beautiful library where stories are projected on to books? Are we to learn that the written word is over? Needs enhancement? Or does this multimedia room really spark children to see how to see the images on a printed page? Perhaps that skill is being lost....

Families I saw really enjoyed themselves. Interactivity is high. However, the content does not seem to go deep enough for anyone who is truly interested in words, languages or the philosophy of language. People who go to museums are not stupid and will also immediately notice some mistakes in the opening film, like arachnophobia should be stated as coming from Greek not Latin. And speaking of Latin, the Roman influence on English was completely skipped over in the same intro film. The maps shown were also strangely modern when speaking of the first millennium.

You'll enjoy yourself, and perhaps this museum will continue to grow. The room of native speakers around the globe is delightful. Strangely, the interactive exhibits all conclude by telling you one did a "good job". I'll do the same and tell Planet Word that they did a "good job" but I'd like to see some improvement.
Written 25 April 2021
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