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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 #94 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Seattle
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

This review is for families with children under 6 years old. If you're looking to take a break from all the touristy stuff and need to let the kids have fun, this is a place for you. They have two interactive areas for kids. The Build Work Play is fun with lots of blue foam pieces to build lots of... More

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Burke, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This museum is the most overrated museum in the entire DC and should be free. It is not worth paying for.

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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The building is visually impressive but only becomes fascinating after the free docent lead tour. It takes about 45 minutes and is filled with information that makes both the architecture and the history of the building come alive. The tour is also the only way to get on to the fourth floor catwalks. The exhibits are a nice distraction while... More

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Yorba Linda, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A free attraction right by the National Law Enforcement Memorial. We're setting up for a large cherry blossom banquet and can only imagine how Presidential inauguration banquets and others would be stunning. The museum gift shop has some very cool things for all ages.

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fort lauderdale
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Not a very interesting museum but a great building with loads of history. There were only a few exhibits here that we're interesting to me but I loved the expansive lobby of this building.The massive hall that you enter into is worth the trip.The exhibits were fair at best.If your from California there is one that you may find of... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Having lived in DC a couple of times in the past 25 years, I was surprised when my husband and son put it on the "to see" list on a recent school break trip because I had no been aware of it. Since it was in the general vicinity of some other things we were intending to do, I acquiesced.... More

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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We went to the National Building Museum in Washington with our 15 month old granddaughter and she had a blast ! Absolutely wonderful play areas (2 of them) where young children can play in large play areas with very creative activities (self determined - kids do what they want) and excellent monitoring by staff and parents (very easy for parents).... More

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Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
45 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Just a great building, more than a museum. It was a short visit. The exhibits were ok, but they would not hold my mother's attention. We enjoyed it for what it was. And that was enough.

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Reston, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I was surprised, after having lived here for nearly 30 years to learn of the existence of this museum. So I went to see it and enjoyed my visit thoroughly. Anyone interested in building architecture in the United States as well as those just interested in American history, would enjoy the exhibits in this museum. This is a great place... More

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singapore
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The history of LA, through photographs, models of buildings and short videos was absolutely fantastic. Like a crash course on how the city was built. A must see for people who want to understand mega cities, and the pain it causes on its residents as it expands to accommodate more people and interests.

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