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National Building Museum

Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)
Phone Number: 202 272 2448
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Ranked #96 of 461 things to do in Washington DC
Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The National Building Museum tells the stories of the world we design and build. We’re one of the...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Washington, DC
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A friend and I visited on one of the coldest days of the year, but the museum was bustling with people. Lots of children! This is a mid-sized, but beautifully arranged museum that has exhibits for adults and children alike. The exhibit on Designing for Disaster was one of the most educational exhibits I've ever experienced. The exhibit provided facts... More 

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New Market, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited for my 13 year old who is interested in architecture. She really liked all the models arranged around the edge of the 2nd floor balcony. The all weather exhibit was very informative with several examples of ideas in motion. There are several large rooms geared for the younger set (2-8) giving them blocks and such to build with. The... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Had some time to kill in DC and stumbled into this museum. I have been in the restoration bussiness for 15 plus years and I found this museum very interesting. It has something for everyone. Even the kids have 3 different explore/play areas.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Just visiting the building is an experience. The gorgeous open space is a great place to take a break from city tourist hiking. There is a little café with great baked goods and coffee. There is a fee to visit the exhibit spaces which are always interesting and rotate every few months. Plan to spend a few hours but not... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I visit this museum at least 7-8 times a year. There are very frequently interesting displays and installations. The building itself is beautiful as well. Easy walk from The Mall or Union Station.

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Burgdorf, Switzerland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The building is magnificent, a huge space with gigantic columns, in beautiful 19th century style. The actual museum area is small and the exhibits are second rate, especially compared to some other museums in the area. There were some model buildings, an photo exhibition on preparing for natural disasters, and a collection of strange architectural objects. Drop in if you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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470 reviews 470 reviews
67 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A great place to visit. The place is known as the Pension House in the past, the lobby is very impressive. I had been to a Craft Beer Festival held in here before and was impressed by the architecture of the place. On Sunday, it holds free guided tours a few times. Admission to exhibitions are $8 for adults. There... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

You can come in here for free, hang around the building, even go upstairs. You would be restricted from the handful of exhibits that require admission. We paid to see the exhibits. We were disappointed. The building itself is very impressive from the outside, but the inside was just okay. There is pride in these giant columns that are basically... More 

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new jersey, usa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Entry to the Nat'l Building Museum is free (you can leave a contribution which I often do since I have used the open space excessively with my grandchild). There is an enormous public space, open and welcoming to children, usually there at least cardboard blocks to build and often Legos. Additionally there is a work and play program(charge) and additonal... More 

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Los Angeles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We were there for the paper airplane (and other light weight, nongas engine) event. The halls in this renovated old building are huge and about 5 stories tall. Our grandchildren just loved to watch the professionals and the kids make and fly their planes. In addition, there are some wonderful displays of futuristic cities and buildings. What a wonderful contrast... More 

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