The National Building Museum is located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., a short walk from the National Mall, the Verizon Center, and Capitol Hill. The Museum is metro accessible via the Red line (Judiciary Square) and the Yellow and Green lines (Gallery Place / Chinatown). There are guided tours led by Museum docents every day. 

The Museum’s permanent collection explores America’s architectural heritage through exquisitely detailed drawings; rare, early 20th-century photographs; and original building fragments historic landmarks.

Families with children of all ages will find something to explore at the National Building Museum. Perhaps you will construct a fort in the Building Zone (for kids ages two to six) or check out a Family Toolkit to explore the architecture of the Museum's historic home by seeing, moving, touching, and doing!  There's also "Build-an-Arch" where you construct a 7-foot-tall, soft-block arch in the Museum's Great Hall. 

Appropriately for an institution dedicated to the building arts, the National Building Museum occupies a beautiful, historic structure. Completed in 1887, the building, which originally housed the United States Pension Bureau, is a National Historic Landmark. From the cavernous Great Hall to the colossal Corinthian columns, the National Building Museum’s home is one of its most compelling artifacts. It's made of 15,500,000 bricks with brick and terra-cotta ornament. The exterior of the building is modeled closely on the Michelangelo’s Palazzo Farnese in Rome, and the interior is reminiscent of the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome.

There's a cafe and a great Museum Shop with a design focus.