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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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Wonderful building to visit

The National Building Museum is operated under a non-profit organization and focuses on architechure and desing. It is located in the vicinity of many popular attractions, namely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Prawet J
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Bamako, Mali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm currently sat in the building zone of the museum and after arriving early and waiting to get in, this is the most disappointing museum in Washington we have visited. The building zone is nothing more than a kid's play area we would get back in the UK in a soft play centre. After reading about it in the guidebook... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The National Building Museum is operated under a non-profit organization and focuses on architechure and desing. It is located in the vicinity of many popular attractions, namely Chinatown, International Spy Museum, Newseum, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Permanent exhibits are mostly about buildings and architectures. Some of those exhibits are aimed for children to learn about engineering design. The... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Living in DC, we are spoiled by the huge number of world-class attractions available for free. Because there are so many free options, it took us several years to get around to visiting the National Building Museum. At $16 per adult, it's not cheap. However, it does have some fantastic activities for small kids. After seeing how much our daughter... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Building Museum has been touting this summer exhibit for months and I was expecting something clever and unique like the Renwick's Wonder exhibit. The reality of it is very disappointing. A few pyramid shaped objects arranged haphazardly surrounded by a big mesh net. Visually unappealing and almost amateurish. It really is just a play space for little kids.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While enjoying the iceberg and dollhouse exhibits. The iceberg exhibit is more of a play area with some interesting facts printed on the icebergs. Most kids breezed past that part. The slides were the biggie. While not high, they are lightning FAST! A big hit with kids of 'all ages' ... I even saw quite a few adults cramming themselves... More 

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Thank Teesyl
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum did not meet my expectations at all. I expected sophisticated and informative exhibits on architecture. Frankly, it was rinky-dink. The current exhibit on glaciers is laughable-white plastic triangles that bear as much reality to glaciers as an ice cube does. Sorely disappointed by the miniature display of famous houses, e.g. Fallingwater. They were tiny, dark, with little detail... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went specifically for the children's activities and were not disappointed. This is a pay to enter attraction with some additional fees for special activities. Brought our two year old who had to be dragged away at the end.

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