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National Building Museum

Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)
Phone Number: 202 272 2448
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Ranked #85 of 232 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The National Building Museum tells the stories of the world we design and build. We’re one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C. The Museum offers something for everyone, from children to design buffs to building professionals. Learn about the Museum’s historic home during a free docent-led tour, offered daily. Docents also lead tours of exhibitions. Our 75-foot Corinthian columns are the country’s tallest.

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New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Enjoyed most of what we saw but just way too few exhibits to make it worthwhile. So not worth the money in our opinion.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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309 reviews 309 reviews
147 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

There are 5-6 exhibits, but my favorite exhibits were the “Designing for Disaster” and “House & Home” exhibits. The former described methods to protect buildings from fire, wind, flood, wind, etc. It even includes a build-it-yourself “safe house” made of out concrete. Each section displayed dramatic photos of disasters, eg, the San Francisco fire, various floods, storms, etc. It also... More

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Vail, Colorado
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98 reviews 98 reviews
43 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

My almost 4 grandson is crazy for building/construction so this museum sounded great and it is great and he really enjoyed it! There are 2 well done child play areas. We did think that it was somewhat annoying that parents would allow older kids to dominate younger kids and also younger kids would destroy older kids projects while they were... More

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I've been here several times over the years, but they don't have much in the way of exhibits. a very interesting building, but my suggestion if you want to go, do it at 4p.m. weekdays, when it is free for an hour.

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new york
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237 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Stunning structure only eight dollars. Excellent shop. Right at judiciary square stop on metro. Red line. So so exhibits.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Gorgeous building, nice venue, food good but portions small. Bathrooms OK. Had a great time at the Gala

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Baltimore, Maryland
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33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Got a groupon for this museum, which is good. Full price would have been too much. We went with our 17 year old. Most of the exhibits were pictures. One room featured different planning stages from sketches to large models. It highlighted a few structural ornaments but mostly the WWII Memorial in DC. One had school kids pictures of what... More

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Washington, DC
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We recently visited the museum the week my son was off from daycare this summer. They'd traveled there days before and we live literally one stop away on the subway. He's obsessed w/trains and we'd never taken him so this was a no-brainer. We went early morning and walked around a bit before the play room opened. Not sure of... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have been visiting the museum with my grandchildren for a few years. When asked what he wanted to do during his last week before school started, my six year old grandson picked swimming and going to the National Building Museum. We always see something new. This visit included a great Maze and a collection of buildings constructed from cans... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

1. Impressive space, and easy to navigate---exhibits branch off of the perimeter of the Great Hall 2. Exhibits have just the right level of detail and style of pedagogy: it's possible to get a strong overview and get into details if desired 3. Good price. We were satisfied by 2 hours, seeing ~2-3 exhibits, but there were more exhibits and... More

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