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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 #93 of 234 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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Beltsville, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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126 reviews 126 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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New York City, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The building, which is free to go inside, is beautiful and cavernous, fun to explore. Especially for kids. The exhibits, which require an admissions fee, are interesting and very well done.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Really wanted to like this place. I like looking at great buildings but don't know a lot about Architecture so thought this would be a good opportunity to see and learn something. It was an experience alright... The building itself is in a rather rundown area. They can't be blamed for that - but when you enter it looks like... More 

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New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Enjoyed most of what we saw but just way too few exhibits to make it worthwhile. So not worth the money in our opinion.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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148 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

There are 5-6 exhibits, but my favorite exhibits were the “Designing for Disaster” and “House & Home” exhibits. The former described methods to protect buildings from fire, wind, flood, wind, etc. It even includes a build-it-yourself “safe house” made of out concrete. Each section displayed dramatic photos of disasters, eg, the San Francisco fire, various floods, storms, etc. It also... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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101 reviews 101 reviews
43 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

My almost 4 grandson is crazy for building/construction so this museum sounded great and it is great and he really enjoyed it! There are 2 well done child play areas. We did think that it was somewhat annoying that parents would allow older kids to dominate younger kids and also younger kids would destroy older kids projects while they were... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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119 reviews 119 reviews
61 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I've been here several times over the years, but they don't have much in the way of exhibits. a very interesting building, but my suggestion if you want to go, do it at 4p.m. weekdays, when it is free for an hour.

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