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National Building Museum

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401 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
+1 202-272-2448
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401 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-272-2448
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The exhibits were okay and some very interesting, however, the tour we went on to learn about the building itself was the high point for us. A stunning building indeed. If you have children, this is a great place to come for kids to learn...More

Thank Ceciletravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed at this place! For someone who visits D.C. fairly often how could we have missed this gem? Children would love it! Do the hour long tour..it puts the building into a historical context.

Thank vsbrown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am into architecture and construction techniques, so was really looking forward to this visit, although I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the timber exhibit and the homes exhibit in particular. The building itself is beautiful and is apparently a...More

Thank daz709
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the time I write this review this museum is ranked 77th. If anything, that may be too high. We were in town for an extended period, had been there numerous times before, so this trip was devoted, in large measure, to things we'd never...More

Thank dskid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought the exhibit on St. Elizabeths and the history of treating the mentally ill was interesting. Otherwise, the grand space in the center of the building is beautiful and the rest is dull. The museum would be interesting if you have a passion for...More

Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

This museum is housed in a beautiful building. I do think you enjoyment depends on your interests but there were many things I found interesting. The timber exhibit for one taught me quite a few things. It discussed the environmental benefits of using timber, when...More

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Reviewed April 18, 2017

Amazing building houses the museum which does charge a fee but it is incredible inside. Certainly a lot of room for growth. The exhibits they had were very interesting but if you go on a school day be prepared for school groups. I was looking...More

Thank larry87120
Reviewed April 17, 2017

I thought this was one of the poorest museums in DC. It does cost money (only 10 each I think); but there's nothing inside to do or see really. There are two kids rooms so I guess it's good for kids. There's a classroom education...More

Thank dahoov
Reviewed April 16, 2017

We only walked through the lobby on the way to National Portrait Gallery and it was so amazing! Definitely worth it if you are at all in the neighborhood. The gift shop had great classy DC items too (and a great book selection).

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Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

The size of the columns are amazing. The exhibitions very interesting, specially the one about the benefits of wood as a building material.

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