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National Building Museum

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. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.

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The Washington Post called us one of Washington, D.C.’s “Best Bets” for parents and children. In the past year, tens of thousands of visitors attended the Museum’s free annual family festivals, including Discover Engineering Family Day, National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day, and the Big Build (formerly known as the Festival of the Building Arts).

The Museum Shop spreads the message that good design matters by offering well-crafted and sustainable housewares, office items, jewelry, educational toys, books, and more. It was honored as the “Best Museum Store” in the country by Niche magazine, "Best All-Around Museum Shop" in the region by The Washington Post, a “Top Shop” by the Washingtonian, and named best museum shop in D.C. by National Geographic Traveler's blog, Intelligent Travel.

Largest Meeting Room Details
Capacity, Banquet-style: 1500
Capacity, Classroom-style: 30
Capacity, Theatre-style: 2000
Meeting Space Details
Inside Reception Capacity: 2000
Facility Amenities
ADA Compliant, Guided tours available, Motor Coach/Bus Parking, Private Tour, Educational Programming, ADA compliant, Non-Profit Organization
Group Maximum
Group Minimum
Rate Type
under $12
Attraction Rates
Under $12
Length of Tour
Less than 1 hour
Min to Airport
Distance to Conv Center
4 Blocks
Distance to Metro
1 Blocks
Affiliation Discounts, Membership Discounts, Military Discounts, Show Your Badge
Metro Station
Judiciary Square
Metro Line
Nearby Landmarks
National Mall, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Capitol, Union Station, Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Payment Options
American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa
Upcoming Events
401 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Penn Quarter/Chinatown

(202) 272-2448 / (202) 272-2564 fax or brodgers () nbm ! org


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