Tour a museum for architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning when you visit National Building Museum. View detailed drawings, rare photographs from the early 20th century, and original building fragments. Take your younger kids to the Building Zone to build a fort, or construct a soft-block arch in the museum's Great Hall. Tour the building itself, which is a National Historic Landmark and was completed in 1887. The museum's shop is considered the "best museum shop" by several publications, including The Washington Post and National Geographic Traveler's blog. Work out when and for how long to visit National Building Museum and other Washington DC attractions using our handy Washington DC day trip planning site.
National Building Museum reviews
I've wanted to visit these exhibits for a while since the NBM was used as a staging area for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, and I finally took that opportunity, and it wasn't that bad! There were 12...
I've wanted to visit these exhibits for a while since the NBM was used as a staging area for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, and I finally took that opportunity, and it wasn't that bad! There were 12... more »
The Notre Dame cathedral exhibit was fascinating. We were there before and after the fire. The interactive I pad they give you is a great way to visualize what it looks like now, before the fire, and.... more
The Notre Dame cathedral exhibit was fascinating. We were there before and after the fire. The interactive I pad they give you is a great way to visualize what it looks like now, before the fire, and.... more »
One of the innumerable the museum is in Washington, But where it will be necessary this time it is left to pay an entry of 10 $. The entrance in the building is free we need to pay only to have access to the different exhibitions. The building is of an impressive size where we do not lose the dimension but that is filled by several interventions during the year. The exhibitions presented are installed with a great quality, we will also find an educational part for the youngest or not. The museum store will be a nice visit to bring back a souvenir of its passage.
The National Building Museum has an interesting selection of exhibits but I’m always so blown away by the extra events we’ve attended. The school and education extension program is phenomenal. The museum staff create fantastic hands-on projects for kids of all ages. The picnic included from tonight are from Folger Theater’s production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was a gorgeous venue for the Shakespeare production and I can’t help but notice how the Building museum’s architecture played such a fun role with the play. The National Building Museum is easily accessible from the metro and there are many restaurants and places to include on a day trip.
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