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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 #86 of 242 Attractions 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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new jersey, usa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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124 reviews 124 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This building is gigantic and the pillars holding it up are so impressive. The rooms displaying the art of design and the thoughts of the builders are very cool to check out. It's not an exciting attraction but a cool one to see nonetheless

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Arlington, Virginia
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11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I was here with my girlfriend last weekend. We both enjoyed this museum. The building itself is beautiful. I am sure it is more fun for kids but if you have an interest in architecture you should come to this museum.

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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The building itself is amazing and well worth walking over to see it. The paid part of the museum has 6 or 7 rooms, only 2 were enough to capture our attention, the first being the disaster building room. It is very hands-on and informative. Many worthwhile displays there. The rest of the rooms consisted of mainly photographs. There was... More 

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Cee Vee
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93 reviews 93 reviews
13 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

They have Lego-like building materials for kids of all ages. The foam blocks are measured in feet! A very creative place for kids from 1 to early teens.

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Beltsville, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

If in the area, go and see the building itself! There are free tours, and it's free to access the historic gem, visit the cafe, and spend alot of time in the best museum gift/book store ever. I am a local, and I go down a few times every year to see the changing exhibits. The Judiciary Square Metro stop... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

We had just finished at the Newseum and were heading back to Judiciary Square metro so decided to drop in here as a friend had recommended it. Even if you are not interested in architecture and building design (the content of the museum), you should definitely step into the building to admire it. It looks impressive from the outside, but... More 

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New York
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128 reviews 128 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Several interactive exhibits aimed at kids. I saw children from 3 to 10 having a great time building and interacting. The interior is beautiful and as an adult there are several informative exhibits.

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Washington, DC
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been to this Museum many, many times. While it has interesting exhibits if you are interested in architecture, city planning, green building methods, construction and interior and landscape design, I think the main attraction is the building itself. Coming out of the Metro at Judiciary Square is the best first view. Inside is one of the largest enclosed... More 

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