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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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Another Unknown Gem!

Every four years, the interior of this building -- the Great Hall -- becomes the home of THE OFFICIAL INAUGURAL BALL. The rest of the time, it is the home to the National... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Charley44
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Rockville, Maryland
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Port Washington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was a great museum for people interested in architecture and building. It was not crowded, easy to see the exhibits. Spent a couple of hours there and easily could have spent a couple more.

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Every four years, the interior of this building -- the Great Hall -- becomes the home of THE OFFICIAL INAUGURAL BALL. The rest of the time, it is the home to the National Building Museum, an unusual venue. Admission is $8.00 to see special exhibits. These visits will enlighten you and your family to various issues over the years related... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We attended the Sons of Italy Foundation's National Education and Leadership Gala which was held in the grand hall. The building is beautiful and well maintained. The architecture and the huge columns make this a great venue for an event. The staff was attentive and helpful.

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It's free to roam around inside this beautiful, grand building. Grab a bit at the cafe and take in the great space. When I went today, there was a GREAT photo exhibit on the walls. Each huge photo was taken from above an architect or engineer who was rappelling to check out the structural integrity of either the Washington Monument... More 

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A fascinating building. Ever revolving exhibits offer something fresh and new. For me the building itself is fascinating to tour, evoking a turn of the 19th century feel.

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coronado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Other people seem to have got into this museum free according to May 1 reviews; we had to pay $5 each senior rate. $8 for non-old people. It was well worth it, although I think it should still be free because of the continual commotion everywhere. We took the free tour of the building itself, which has a fascinating history.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I like architecture. If you are the same you must see this building. The outside looks like a big warehouse/industrial building. The inside has a huge atrium. The columns are amazing. The windows( high up) are perfect. I did not tour the building or see anything but the public space. Well worth the time. PS, best gift shop I have... More 

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Reston, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

They currently have a wonderful exhibit on the balcony of the second floor of current modern buildings in cities all over the world. Fascinating look at the new scope of architecture. The second floor is free to see.

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

What a surprise this building was. We had it recommended to us and we weren't disappointed! The museum is free and there is a free tour conducted twice per day. Our guide was a cry knowledgable and entertaining guide. Only on the tour are you able to gain access to the top floor. Revisited during our stay only to find... More 

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a lesser known museum that you can enter for free but to tour the various parts inside the museum comes with a charge. But just take ten minutes for a good look at the interior for a chance to see a really impressive interior. The building is large and the interior is as well. I just said, "Wow"... More 

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