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National Building Museum

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The National Building Museum is recognized as one of the greatest tourist spots in Washington DC. It was found in 1980 and is a non-profit private institution. This historical building portrays America’s design, engineering, architecture, construction and urban planning.

It is known worldwide for its spectacular architectural features. The museum also has a large collection of architectural prints, architectural fragments, photographic images, building toys and all that is related to architecture. Researchers come on a frequent basis, given the fact that the museum offers a large reference collection.

The interior of the museum is modeled after an early 16th century structure: Palazzo Della Cancelleria. On the other hand the exterior of the museum is encircled with terra-cotta frieze which enhances its charm. Additionally, there are Corinthian columns in the Great Hall and they are similar to those located in Santa Maria Degli Angeli. The Great Hall is 15 stories high and various galleries are put for display all around the hall.

Time and again the museum is booked for evening events by government agencies, private foundations, associations and corporations. Moreover, each spring, it is also chosen for the opening ritual of National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Moreover, the museum shop has been regarded as the best museum shop of all times. These shops sell a wide range of house wares, toys, office items and all that can depict genius in design. The museum’s café also offers an array of soups, salads, beverages and bakery items.

National Building MuseumThe museum holds a permanent history showing the architectural history of Washington DC. The museum also conducts a range of exhibitions and programs like educational events, interesting demonstrations and informative lectures for the masses. Teachers often bring their students to introduce them to design education with the help of youth education programs. This is a great way to enhance skills of art, science and mathematics and is helpful in building important skills in children right from a young age. Moreover, it even offers a platform for architects from around the globe to come here and discuss their works.

Further, the museum takes no charge at all in the case of museum members, kids aged 2 or under, and people serving in the military and their families. Coming here will never be a disappointment as you have an opportunity to gain some great insights into the history and future of the human race.


Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Address/Map:  401 F St NW Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 272-2448
Website: National Building Museum
  Adults   Youth, Students & Seniors Building Zone
$8.00 $5.00 $3.00
  Free access to the Great Hall, historic building tours and shop