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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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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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There are just too many other fascinating choices to recommend this one too highly.

There are just too many other fascinating choices to recommend this one too highly.It all depends on what special exhibit is on at the time of your visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Baltimore, Maryland
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The Beach! is an experience, a MUST GO experience. We had a great time. The wait is a bit long, but worth every second! This is a great event for all ages.

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Maryland
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53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The giant columns are worth checking out. If you go to the beach ball pit stay with the very young and very old. Both get consumed by the balls pretty easily and can't get out. Get the military discount if you qualify.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

So, I just went to the building museum to see the “beach.” It was interesting. I don’t think it was good and definitely not bad, it was just different. Think of a large ball pit for both adults and children. But first, please make sure you leave your keys and phones and the like in a place where you will... More 

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Richmond, VA
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is truly amazing, when you walk in you will be amazed because the outside gives you no idea of what the inside is like. Many people assume it is free (think Smithsonian museums) but it is run by a non-profit and there is a fee. Many comments about the Beach Exhibit have been written, know that this is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I took wife and 2 daughters and we had a blast. The balls were so numerous I was able to jump in safely. Pre buy tix bc lines are long.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

There are just too many other fascinating choices to recommend this one too highly.It all depends on what special exhibit is on at the time of your visit.

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Saegertown, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We had not known about this museum until our children, who live in Washington told us about it. It is located in a beautiful building with a grand hall that has been used for Presidential inaugural balls. Throughout the building are displays of building and construction techniques and how they have changed over time. There are also displays of architectural... More 

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We hadn't heard of this museum until we met someone involved with it on a cruise. Being two "young senior" couples we didn't do the beach but thoroughly enjoyed the docent tour. The building is rich in history, architecture and has a wonderful gift shop. It is also air conditioned which is important in August! If you are interested in... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We visited the National Building Museum because a few friends had recommended the "Beach" exhibit. This exhibit is full of small round plastic white balls that fill up a "pool like area" sans water. It is a novelty, and entertaining because of the novelty, but it is also crowded and noisy. Despite another reviewer who reportedly purchased her tickets to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Place is cool- went to see the beach! Impressed, but the rest of the museum is really underrated. Easy to walk around and see it all for free. Beach line is usually 30-60 mins unless you use the hack below. For the beach they require wristbands- buy online on your phone and just walk up and walk in to avoid... More 

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