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National Building Museum

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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...more
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401 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2637
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-272-2448
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Reviewed yesterday

I live in the Washington area, and I am very fond of the Building Museum. However, the Fun House is a dud. It is pretty much a giant styrofoam house with Ikea furnishings, hiding under the pretentious claim of being a marriage of art and...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

To enter the Museum there is a part in the muSeum called The Fun house and you need to purchase a ticket witch is fun and nice for people who loves taking photos and for younger kids or teens to play with the white balls...More

Thank Zezekhalil
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the museum to experience the temporary exhibit "Fun House" and we really enjoyed that activity, but we were equally impressed by the other exhibits. "Fun House" had two ball pits shaped like pools which children, teens, and adults enjoy. There was also a...More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning building with a really awesome book and gift store. Thought provoking, relevant exhibits that make you re-examine housing, space utilization and building trends. We attended a Summer Block House Party where music, food and drink added even more fun to the Fun House Snarkitecture...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Almost everybody knows about the Manhattan Project, but possibly not everybody knows about the size and scope of The Manhattan Project. Enormous makeshift cities were built for the eventual building of nuclear weapons. I’m a big fan of Franklin Roosevelt, but I still can’t believe...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wish we could have explored more of the museum, but we didn’t have a lot of time so we only did the Fun House. We LOVED it!! We had 4 children, ages 6, 8, 10 and 12. They all loved it for different reasons...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are two well-equipped playrooms for building with large blocks, and the courtyard is truly enormous. The top-notch gift shop is stocked with educational and well-designed toys and books for all ages. With a snack bar and tables, the museum provides a great indoor space...More

Thank MidAtlanticArtist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once the Pension Office, and used for Inaugural Balls, the National Building Museum is wonderful. Currently, they have "Fun House" a Snarkitecture retrospective that is made of temporary and unexpected materials. You will enjoy it.

Thank TammySue88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The interior of this place is magnificent. Originally built as a government pension office, the Museum was the site of the first Inaugural Ball. The interior architectural work is meticulous. We had an excellent docent who provided us with a tour and fun facts about...More

Thank Jeffrey M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited with family and three children ranging in age from 15 months to 5 years. A spectacular building. The Fun House is worth the price of admission. And there are so many hands-on activities for kids, it was difficult to drag them away. Excellent!

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