We took my granddaughters, ages 6 and 8 to see this museum and from the moment we entered we were impressed. The rotunda entrance was filled with unique acoustic sounds. The lower level had some activities for small children. What was most captivating was the guided tour. Our host was gracious, informative and heartfelt in her presentation. She sang a few small pieces to create the true cultural understanding of the different eras and influence. I learned a great deal and it was not overly long or drawn out. From the very beginning hearths of civilization in Egypt to today I learned new information and a new respect for the often "hidden" history of the US. The slave ship section was powerful. I read another review and would agree...vibrant is the best word to describe this museum.