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National Building Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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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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Hours:
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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Interesting exhibits

They have a lot of events here--cherry blossom activities, beer week activities, etc.--but they also have cool exhibits in the side rooms. Be sure to look around while you're... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Such a unique building with great history to it. If you're looking to get away from the crowds at the Smithsonian's, this is the place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

They have a lot of events here--cherry blossom activities, beer week activities, etc.--but they also have cool exhibits in the side rooms. Be sure to look around while you're there. It's a huge building, but don't be intimidated by the size!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

First of all, I love this museum!! Very convenient to get to via Metro, it is amazing just walking into it!! Exhibits and things to do for all ages! Lots of kids activities and rotating exhibits on building, architecture, engineering. Some of the exhibits require tickets , so check before going. I saw an interesting photography show on repairs to... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My brother and I visited on a whim after lunch. The Great Hall is spectacular in its cathedral sized space. We happened to visit while the NBM is setting up a new exhibit called The Beach which is slated to open July 4 -- this meant the Great Hall was awash in scaffolding. Not realizing we could walk parts of... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

The exhibits were fascinating and the building itself was impressive. We went into the "Kids Building Zone" early into our visit and I was afraid that was all they had for kids (not very impressive). The museum is geared more for Adults, which is fine, but my 4 & 6 year olds left asking to come back again. I love... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I didn't know what to expect when my visiting brother suggested this museum. It was fascinating. The mockup building displays were terrific. The explanations and photos of the Washington Monument repairs were great. Would go there again.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

It's worth going to this place just for the gift shop and the amazing interior atrium with the world's largest free standing Corinthian columns!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We visited here on day one of our trip intending to spend a few hours and then move on to an already scheduled tour later that day. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we ended up coming back two days later to see more of the exhibits and participate in one of the tours of the building. If you like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Interesting change from the other museums in DC, and a great stop for anyone interested in architecture and construction. The gift shop is also worth a trip on its own, with many examples of innovative design for home, office or play. Even if you don't purchase a ticket for the exhibits, there is enough to warrant a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We spent a couple of hours here. It was nice to have air conditioning on a hot day. The exhibits were good both for folks who are in the building industry and not. I was happy that it was located quite close to the Gallery Place Metro stop. We also got free admission as military.

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Additional Information about National Building Museum

Address: Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: 202 272 2448
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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