NHD Explore

Registration for NHDx will open on May 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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NHD Explore (NHDx) is a series of programs during the National History Day Contest that allow students to further their love and learning of history. Numerous organizations have opened their doors to participants of the contest, their families, and friends.

Please note:
Most of these activities require prior registration.
Unless otherwise noted, programs are free to National History Day Contest participants.
Please make sure not to double book yourself. Spots are limited and if you sign-up for more events than you can attend, you are preventing someone else from attending an event.
Please be sure to review the time, date, and potential costs before registering.

Monday, June 12, 2017 (Senior Division students only)
Because junior division students compete on Monday, these opportunities are available only to senior division students.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (Junior Division students only)
Because senior division students compete on Tuesday, these opportunities are available only to junior division students.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is hosting two programs for students.


The American Battle Monuments Commission will provide a guided tour of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

The Newseum

The Newseum is offering a limited number of free tickets to students as well as hosting two programs during the week.

National Air & Space Museum

The National Air & Space Museum will offer a tour of the museum focusing on space flight and astronomers.

National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is hosting a guided tour program for students and their friends and families.

U.S. Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace is hosting a program at its headquarters in D.C. to explore themes of peace at nearby memorials and monuments.

White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association will host historic tours of the neighborhood around the White House for students, educators and families.

National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives will provide timed entry to a limited number of students and their chaperones to view the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress will host a docent-led tour to see newly digitized film footage; letters, diaries, and scrapbooks


The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has multiple programs available for National History Day Contest participants.

Eagle Eye Citizen

National History Day students are eligible to create the best challenge they can using Eagle Eye Citizen. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has made a limited number of passes available for admission during the days of the National Contest.

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals baseball team have made a number of discounted tickets available to those attending the National Contest.

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre is offering a limited number of timed passes for guided tours of the historic theater in downtown Washington, D.C.