National Building Museum

401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. (EST)





The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment. We do this by telling the stories of architecture, engineering, and design.

As one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C., we welcome visitors from around the world to our exhibitions, public programs, and festivals.


Play Work Build
This exhibit takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience.

House & Home
This exhibit takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America.

Flickering Treasures
Through October 14, 2019
Flickering Treasures invites visitors to travel in time through a survey of Baltimore’s movie-going past from 1896 to the present, using photography, oral histories, architectural fragments, and theater ephemera to illuminate themes of memory, loss, and preservation

Through January 5, 2020
HOOPS presents a rich and diverse selection of private and community basketball courts from around the nation and across the globe—from the deserts of Arizona to the hills of Appalachia, and from the streets of the Northeast to the playgrounds of South Africa.

Historic Building Tours
11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
Take an informative, fascinating tour of the Museum’s historic home, offered daily by trained docents.


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