Brain Awareness Week at NMHM

Brain Awareness Week 2019

Brain Awareness Week, March 18-20, 2020

Brain Awareness Day, March 21, 2020

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Every March, partners host imaginative activities in their communities that share the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.

Brain Awareness Week was founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. In 2000, the Dana Foundation joined forces with the museum to develop a program designed especially for middle school students. The program has helped to instill a sense of excitement about neuroscience and STEM careers, while bringing awareness and understanding of current research to our young audience.

Staff from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Audiology Clinic introduce students to the auditory system and lead through a demonstration on how the vestibular system affects balance on March 18, 2016, during Brain Awareness Week.
Students step inside the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Drunken Brain exhibit on March 16, 2016, during NMHM's Brain Awareness Week. Students learned about some of the unique effects of alcohol on the brain.

During Brain Awareness Week, we host educational partners, including the Department of Defense, Society for Neuroscience, National Institutes of Health, Howard University, and others who engage visiting students with hands-on stations that focus on brain anatomy and topics related to neuroscience.

School groups have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon session, and students will rotate in small groups through the stations. Before each session, a speaker will introduce brain anatomy and offer other highlights to the students. This program supports the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.

Brain Awareness Week (School Registration Only)
Wednesday, March 18-Friday, March 20, 2020

Who is this for? Registered school groups of 10 or more.

For more information or to schedule a session, call (301) 319-3312 or email

Brain Awareness Day (Open House)
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Who is this for? Individuals, families with children of all ages, homeschool groups, and the general public.


Past Brain Awareness Week

2019 Brain Awareness Week Visitors Experience Interactive Presentations about Neuroscience