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National Building Museum

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Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: 202 272 2448
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The National Building Museum tells the stories of the world we design and...
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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This is a well laid out and beautiful museum. It cost $23 for family of four. Amazing photographs. Not too crowded.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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San Diego, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I went here for the gigantic pillars on the first floor and stumbled upon a FANTASTIC exhibit "HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation"...I could have spent hours learning about how weather and topography and culture affect how buildings/communities are built

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is a well laid out and beautiful museum. It cost $23 for family of four. Amazing photographs. Not too crowded.

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Beltsville, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I had lived in the area my whole life and never been, but my daughter loved the building room full of giant foam blocks as well legos and other building materials of all sizes and shapes (this has a fee, the museum itself is free). The quality of the visit can vary greatly depending on the events, but they seem... More 

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North Haven, Connecticut
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98 reviews 98 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The multiple exhibits of this museum, which represent different themes, are in spaces that surround a huge central hall with large columns and a fountain in the center. The exhibits on "Designing for Disaster" were very interesting and beautifully designed. I found the architectural drawings and paintings of "The Architectural Image" only moderately appealing, but the photographs of Colin Winterbottom... More 

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Washington, DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Building Museum is a bit off-the-beaten track for many visitors to Washington, DC, but it is well worth a visit. It is located just across the street from the Judiciary Square metro stop, so it is very easy to access via the underground metro system. The building itself was constructed in the 1870s and 1880s, after the end of... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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23 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I was here years ago and thought it was interesting but in the last few years, it has been refurbished and the place is magnificent. Most people don't think to go here and instead go to the more popular Smithsonian several blocks away but this place has a slice of Americana that you seldom see and gives you an insight... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The architecture is quite unique for the DC museums. The building is free to walk in and around. The museum is only a few small rooms that really wasn't worth seeing. We really liked the Hot2Cold exhibition they had.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were blow away by the sophistication and topicality of the exhibitions throughout and the large variety of them on offer on issues like climate change, architectural history and innovations in the 21st century. The space itself is spectacular to look at and the staff very friendly and helpful. The only downside is there is not much in the way... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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441 helpful votes 441 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I was exiting the National Gallery of Art; and, was startled; and, said, "hey, there's the National Building Museum!" However, after a long, exhausting walk, I was still a block away. Far enough away for a picture; but, nothing like some of the images already in the gallery. This is one of my favorite spots; and, I actually enjoy shopping... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We were scheduled to tour the US Treasury, but a fire nearby resulted in the Secret Service closing off the Pennsylvania Street entrance. What to do? Our daughter suggested the National Building Museum and it happened that they offer tours at 1130, 1230 and 130 and we could just make the 1130 tour. Off we went. The tour, led by... More 

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