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National Building Museum

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Address: 401 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2637
Phone Number: 202 272 2448
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Inaugural Balls and Museum Exhibits

This is the only museum that I know of that hosts an Inaugural Ball once every four years. When you get inside, you'll see why. The center is a giant open space, perfect for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kathy K
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Oviedo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The space alone inside the museum is worth seeing . The Corinthian columns are 75 feet tall and the space is overwhelming enormous . The exhibits are few but for $10 general admission I am fine with that . Whether you are an architectural expert or just like buildings and how cities are built this is well worth a visit... More 

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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the only museum that I know of that hosts an Inaugural Ball once every four years. When you get inside, you'll see why. The center is a giant open space, perfect for dancing. When not in use for the ball, it can host exhibits, as it did when we visited with the huge installation called "Icebergs". There is... More 

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Lees Summit, Mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great old building that also was the pension building. It has several areas for kids to enjoy and their special attractions are great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my favorite museum we visited in Washington DC! The building itself is worth a visit, just to see the beautiful interior space and peruse the awesome gift shop. The museum is focused on architecture, but there are a variety of exhibits for people of all different interests, and a bunch of great things for kids! We were lucky... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have meant to make this visit sooner. We loved the building and the regular exhibits, but were underwhelmed by the Iceberg Exhibition. Also we were delighted to see the Firehook Bakery concession and enjoyed the Museum Shop. We found parking on the street a few blocks away which is free on Sundays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to many museums in Washington, but this is one of my children's favourite (girls aged 3, 6 & 9) and we keep coming back. There are two wonderful hands-on building explore areas and the exhibits are child friendly ... As an adult I would be interested in having more on new building / design technology / innovation... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disclosure: I am an architect and designer of museums and international exhibitions, so I am somewhat jaded. I was disappointed on several fronts: many galleries were empty or closed for new installations as building renovation was in progress. The building itself is fantastic inside and out. The exhibits were not the celebration of American architecture that I hoped to see.... More 

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Bamako, Mali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to an evening event here and had a really nice time. The event was interesting, with great music and food. We wandered around the whole museum and it was definitely worth the trip - we'd come back on a regular day to spend more time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the time if you take the docent tour. Very interesting museum and near other attractions. For those playing Pokémon go there are many stops and Pokes.

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Richmond, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my 17 year old yesterday after reading about this exhibit in the Amtrak magazine. We walked in and saw all these plastic looking iceberg "tents" and thought, "Is this it"? Was not as advertised in terms of imagination and design. We walked through in 5 minutes-dodging all the kids wanting to slide and people reclining on dirty looking "ice"... More 

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