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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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Hours:
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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Went to the Beach!

First of all, I'm not sure what the review below is referring to, but entrance to the regular museum exhibitions is $8 for a non-member adult, not $18. However, if you'd like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

First of all, I'm not sure what the review below is referring to, but entrance to the regular museum exhibitions is $8 for a non-member adult, not $18. However, if you'd like to enter the big ball pit (The Beach) it is $16. I went there today with my husband and 6 year old son, and we really enjoyed ourselves.... More 

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Pittstown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I went here on a business trip break in my schedule. I used an app that said there was no admission fee; it turns out there is an $18 fee. Strangely, the line was short for general admission, but the Members Admission line must have had 50 people waiting. I was not interested in paying $18, so I went into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The exhibits in this museum were very well done - informative and interactive. Currently the second floor balcony is ringed with displays and models of cutting edge architectural design from around the world. I was touring with liaise faire architecture lovers and they, too, were very impressed. Next time we need to allow more time to this museum!

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We came here for 2 exhibits, primarily for the Beach, and also for the Hot to Cold architectural exhibit. The beach is a huge ball pit big enough for adults. Get here early as there will be a line to get into the exhibit. We were lucky enough to be there as it opened. We spent maybe 20 minutes in... More 

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Dededo, Guam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Took my family -- there was a long line for the BEACH experience (it was sold out). But we enjoyed the regular exhibits (my 11 & 14 yr old enjoyed) looking at the Designing for Disaster area (since we have typhoons and earthquakes where we are from), the Hot to Cold designed buildings, Raymond Kaskey sculpture photos or items they... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My 13 year old grandson is interested in construction and we went hoping to see information about the history and current theories of building. Instead it was overrun with kids attracted to the "Ocean" attraction - that rally has nothing to do with A building Museuem. I understand it is good marketing but there really isn't a connection - at... More 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We visited here with my 8yo (with Down syndrome) and 11yo daughter. This was a perfect place for our crew. The 'beach' was fun and unique. The rest of the museum was a hidden gem filled with stops for all ages whether it be exploring different architectural innovations or building things out of giant foam blocks. Meanwhile, my older teens... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The entrance and tour of the building itself is free, some of the exhibitions have a charge. There are temporary exhibitions so it is important to check these before visiting. Some are very family orientated, others require an interest in architecture or engineering. If you have neither then this museum is best not at the top of your list. When... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Just a little off the beaten path (but not much) is this gem of a museum. Admission to all of the exhibits housed within is very affordable and you'll be glad you spent the money. The building itself is an incredible thing to see and experience, and that's before you get to appreciate what's on display inside. Well worth the... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Just walking into the huge building is impressive and even if there is not a specific installation, it's a beautiful place to explore. The best thing about it is that they have such interesting exhibitions, like the one now - the Beach is so much fun for adults and children - so different! If you go when there is not... More 

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Additional Information about National Building Museum

Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: 202 272 2448
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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