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National Building Museum

National Building Museum

Museum and Historic Site
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
  • Danika B.
    "hands down my favorite museum in DC or anywhere!"(5 Tips)
    Daycation DC
    "Don't miss the two indoor mini golf courses here on the first floor!"(4 Tips)
    Jonathan C.
    "History of Washington DC exhibit"(2 Tips)
    Theresa D.
    "The architecture of the building alone is worth the walk!"(7 Tips)
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  • Carla S.
    Carla Spitler1 week ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Great museum for all ages. Fun interactive exhibits and displays for kids and adults alike. A whole room of pretend play for those 5 and under. Highly recommend!
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11
    Excellent exhibits, particularly the one on wood and the one on dolls loaned from the Victoria and Albert museum. Great for kids-- lots of space and interactive stuff just for them.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 24, 2016
    The large open space within has recently been activated over the years thru architect led installations. The supporting exhibits have also improved in quality and content. Certainly worth a trip.
  • ed P.
    ed PoprikJuly 24, 2016
    Love the collection of paper buildings! Brings back memories.
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MooneyJuly 3, 2016
    Iceberg installation is highway robbery. Avoid.
  • Georgi G.
    Georgi GeorgievApril 29, 2016
    Amazing building! Exhibitions are on interesting topics, but it's missing some je ne sais quoi. I think it can certainly improve.
  • Charla P.
    Charla PayneDecember 12, 2015
    Loved the displayed beach this past summer. We had a blast!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BarrittDecember 8, 2015
    Wonderful structure.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CNovember 27, 2015
    Stop by around Thanksgiving to check out 'construction' exhibit 4 free. Building itself is a great, spacious place to chill after doing the National Mall.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicOctober 9, 2015
    The actual museum is eh but each summer they do something awesome like a giant maze, ball pit, or mini golf course in the middle of their main room.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconSeptember 23, 2015
    Ball pit is wayyyy too expensive and long. Exhibits are nice but scattered
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AmlinAugust 31, 2015
    Beach is overcrowded
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WAugust 13, 2015
    The great hall is incredible. They always have awesome exhibits on building and green energy and such. I highly recommend.
  • Jack F.
    Jack FonsecaJuly 28, 2015
    "The Beach" is the place to be!
  • Vivian K.
    Vivian KongJuly 14, 2015
    For all ages - free admission if you want to just check out the gorgeous space/structure.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KupasrimonkolJuly 14, 2015
    Probably the most underrated museum in DC. Those columns!
  • Yessica P.
    Yessica PalaciosJuly 13, 2015
    The best ball pool for al ages!!!
  • Darius J.
    Darius JokubaitisJune 23, 2015
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 23, 2015
    What a gem! Two great spaces for the kids and lots of interesting exhibits for the adults. Each summer they roll out something unique as well.
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosMay 11, 2015
    be prepared for a lot of vacant space
  • Danika B.
    Danika BrownMarch 31, 2015
    Take the tour so you can get the scoop on the history of this building. The exhibits are always fascinating, and the gift shop is a great place to get an unusual design-gift.
  • Megan J.
    Megan JantosMarch 22, 2015
    If you are looking for playmates come on weekend or weekdays before lunch
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsDecember 30, 2014
    Not free $8, interior hall is though. Terrible use of space, so much potential.
  • Liz C.
    Liz Caselli-MechaelSeptember 2, 2014
    Some exhibits close earlier than the museum- check in advance!
  • Joe H.
    Joe HAugust 9, 2014
    Cool Place!
  • Oliver G.
    Oliver GriswoldAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kids paradise. And coffee.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BrooksAugust 8, 2014
    The inside is absolutely gorgeous. There were only two exhibits open when we toured the museum so there wasn't much to see...
  • Leia W.
    Leia WelchJuly 11, 2014
    House&home exhibit for free from monday to friday!
  • Bridget G.
    Bridget GriffinJune 25, 2014
    They were building a maze which once completed will be really neat!
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Less than a 10 minute walk from The Liaison, this museum allows you to channel your inner architect, highlighting design, engineering, construction, urban planning, and of course, architecture.
  • Miguel
    MiguelJune 9, 2014
    Great unknown museum. Also great for kids.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WetzelMay 30, 2014
    Hidden museum gem in DC. One of most beautiful museum buildings I've been to. There is a small fee, but well worth the admission. In fact, its better than some of the other free Smithsonian museums.
  • Joanie O.
    Joanie O'SullivanApril 5, 2014
    Make sure to check out the gift shop!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MMarch 22, 2014
    A few fun rooms for the little ones but that's about it.
  • Dominic O.
    Dominic O'ConnorFebruary 16, 2014
    I'm biased but the exhibit about Los Angeles is great
  • Chris F.
    Chris FordFebruary 5, 2014
    Don't use the fountain as a restroom after all you can drink special events, you'd think that wouldn't be a tip and would be common sense, but it isn't
  • Tamara
    TamaraAugust 10, 2013
    Has the largest columns in the world.
  • Daycation DC
    Daycation DCJuly 19, 2013
    Don't miss the two indoor mini golf courses here on the first floor! Each hole featured a local sponsor that designed and constructed it with the theme of “Building the Future.” $5 per course. Read more
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 30, 2013
    Play the indoor architectural mini golf! Just remember, mini golf closes at 3pm on the weekends and 4pm weekdays.
  • Ken
    KenApril 27, 2013
    The building zone for kids is well worth the $3!
  • Nisa M.
    Nisa MuhammadMarch 20, 2013
    Great place for a meeting. Culture and convenience.
  • Peter H.
    Peter HillFebruary 17, 2013
    You gotta get some marble columns!
  • Kristin V.
    Kristin VisaggioFebruary 17, 2013
    You've gotta get yourself some marble columns!
  • Jerry J.
    Jerry Jay👊🏾RocJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I absolutely love the bldg!
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    An awesome first stop in DC--a great exhibit on DC's urban planning history will get you oriented well to the layout of the city.
  • Shelby A.
    Shelby AnnNovember 24, 2012
    It was awesome. Kids love this place and never want to leave!
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Building Zone is a great little play area for kids. It's billed as suitable for ages 2-6, but my one-year-old was able to enjoy it as well.
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 8, 2012
    The museum offers insight into the history and future of the world we create for ourselves, with lots of things for kids and adults to do.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FJuly 1, 2012
    Fantastic views from up on the 2nd, 3rd floors.
  • Lori B.
    Lori BonicelliApril 22, 2012
    Take the free tour!
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