The museum where language comes to life

Aloha. Konnichiwa! Guten Tag. Hola! However you say hello, we welcome you to Planet Word.

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.

We want you to have a safe visit to Planet Word. We are limiting capacity in the building to support social distancing and requiring masks be worn at all times on the premises.

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Be a Word Detective

Lexicon Lane

Get ready for a word-sleuthing adventure and discover mysteries galore in our special puzzle room. Reserve a puzzle case and search for clues along Lexicon Lane — great for team bonding or solo sleuthing!

Located on our third floor.

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Host Your Event

Graced with grand windows, intricate ironwork, and lofty ceilings, the landmark Franklin School, home of Planet Word, is a uniquely stunning venue for your most important personal and corporate events.

What memories will you create here?

Notebooks & Puzzles & Pins — Oh my!

Present Perfect Gift Shop

Looking for the perfect place to shop for the word nerds in your life? Look no further! Browse a delightful selection of surprising, eclectic gifts at Present Perfect.

Located on our first floor.


Immigrant Food+

Satisfy your hunger for knowledge — and food — at Planet Word with Immigrant Food+’s international menus that honor the gastronomic contributions of immigrants!

Located on our lower level.

  • Did you know?

    The 10 most-used letters in English are E, A, R, I, O, T, N, S, L, and C.
  • Did you know?

    A “deipnosophist” is a person who’s really good at making conversation at the dinner table.
  • Did you know?

    Eels, llamas, and aardvarks, ooh my! In English, there are only four letters that appear as double letters at the beginning of a word: “A,” “E,” “L,” and “O.”
  • How do you get a dog to stop eating your books?

    Take the words right out of its mouth!
  • What's the difference between a cat and a comma?

    A cat has claws at the end of its paws, but a comma’s a pause at the end of a clause.
  • Did you know?

    A “deipnosophist” is a person who’s really good at making conversation at the dinner table.
  • Riddle me this

    What starts with an e, ends with an e, and contains just one letter? (Answer: An envelope!)
  • Riddle me this

    What begins with a t, ends with a t, and has t in it? (Answer: A teapot!)
  • Riddle me this

    What’s in centuries, hours, and years, but not minutes, days, or seconds? (Answer: The letter R!)
  • Quote them on it

    “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx
  • Quote them on it

    “The past is always tense, the future perfect.” — Zadie Smith
  • Quote them on it

    “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” — Toni Morrison
  • Quote them on it

    "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." — Nelson Mandela