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National Building Museum

401 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 272 2448
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Ranked #89 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The National Building Museum is located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., a short walk from the National Mall, the Verizon Center, and... more »
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Washington, DC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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
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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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I highly recommend a visit to the National Building Museum. Currently, they have an exhibit there called the Big Maze. You buy tickets but you can go through the maze as many times as you like. If you have someone that is willing to go to the 3rd floor you can get great aerial views and photos of your family... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This gergous museum is one of DC's hidden gems! With rotating exhibits housed inside a unique building, it it well worth a visit. Although not something I usually recommend, don't pass up a visit to their gift shop! Tons of fun gadgetry and gifts inside!

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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This place is amazing. The exhibits are just up my two girls alley. They are 6 and 3 and both enjoy doing everything. It is perfect for a hot day in the city, right across from the metro so even snowy days aren't a struggle. Big plus for us - they are free to military! The place is always clean... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The museum is a relative newcomer to the collection of museums in our Capitol. Because it's privately operated, you will pay a fee to see what they have to show. Honestly, I'm not entirely certain its worth the cost unless you like those particular attractions. You can walk in and enjoy the building for free, and that may be the... More

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Southern NJ
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296 reviews 296 reviews
81 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My adult daughter chose this museum when we visited her for her birthday. Fabulous building! The museum appeals to all age groups. They have some nice activities for children. The two exhibits we visited, Designing for Disaster, and House and Home, were fascinating. They had interactive aspects to make the exhibits more engaging. I went with three engineers, all of... More

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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Come here during sunset---to admire the glowing red brick facade. This is a great landmark building with a stunning spatially-grand atrium---often seen in Washington balls and political events. The marble columns are some of the tallest in the world. When the sun streams through the upper windows---a photographer's delight. Formerly the Pension Building, the design accommodated Civil War veterans---with shallow... More

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Warrenton, Virginia
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17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Although this museum has been open for only a year, it has great potential. The plywood maze they built is amazing! (Sorry fornthe pun). The play room is done with great imagination and the exhibits are very interesting. There is plenty of room for expansion and I truly hope they do!

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