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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 #96 of 249 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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Warrenton, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Arlington VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not to be missed if you travel to Washington, D.C., or if you live here. Great exhibits and one of the best gift shops in town for design and art books. And do the tour!

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North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband loved this place. My younger kids thought it was great. My older child and myself were definitely more eh. My husband loves architecture, and he took the 45 minute tour (which went longer than 45 minutes, and he actually bailed at the 1 hour mark because we had other things on the agenda that day). The inside is... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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205 reviews 205 reviews
57 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The interior of this building is really impressive, having hosted many Presidential inaugural balls over the years. There is no charge to walk around the interior atrium. I didn't feel the exhibits were necessarily worth the cost of admission however. Maybe it's just being spoiled by the free admission at the various Smithsonian museums. At the Building Museum, one of... More

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Washington DC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Victorian building is an architectural masterpiece, of which the museum gives free tours every day. Of the rotating exhibits, House and Home is a wonderful way to connect with buildings that are homes and understand what makes a building a house and a house a home. Open summer 2014 only, the maze is a real challenge for both kids... More

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Essex
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I found this visit left much to be desired. The building itself was really interesting, and my husband went on the tour which he said was great, but because I have mobility problems I sat downstairs and watched a team of people transforming the floorspace for a wedding later that day. When I finally ventured upstairs there was a room... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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181 reviews 181 reviews
65 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

But not that much more to see. If you are interested in architecture and impressive buildings you should definitely pass by. It takes no more than two hours. There is a free guided tour which takes 45 mins and here the history of the building is explained. This part is quite interesting. Need the know that this is a ceremonial... More

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Toronto, Canada
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248 reviews 248 reviews
84 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Standing near the Canadian embassy or the National Gallery of Art and looking north, you’ll see a red brick building a few blocks away. Not particularly interesting – until you get up close and note all the superb carving on the outside walls. Inside, you’ll be astonished to discover that it’s actually little more than a shell around one of... More

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you are visiting DC on a very hot, and humid day this place is a fun place to cool off. They have a indoor miniature golf course that is really fun and very cool. The building itself is a neat place to explore. It was originally built as a office for War Veterans to come to sign up for... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you're in the neighborhood (and there's plenty of other museums in this neighborhood), stop by and admire the stonework on the outside of the building and the gorgeous interior. It's free to go inside and look at the great hall (an Inaugral Ball site) and they have an interesting gift shop as well. There is an admission charge if... More

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