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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit 'LAWN' at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC

'Lawn' summer museum exhibit in DC - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit

You won’t want to miss Washington, DC’s hottest, family-friendly summer installation open through Sept. 2.

The National Building Museum’s annual Summer Block Party installation, now in its sixth year, is always one of the city’s biggest highlights of the season. This year, the museum is offering ‘LAWN,’ an incredible superstructure that transports visitors to a sun-strewn summer afternoon. More details of the installation and the programming it features are below. And don't forget you can reserve your tickets today.

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1 It’s time to unwind

Main entrance to 'Lawn' summer museum exhibit in DC - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit

LAWN immediately establishes a relaxed atmosphere for visitors to revel in. Upon entering and purchasing your tickets, you will be greeted by a sky mural that stretches to the ceiling of the National Building Museum’s famous Great Hall. The mural features a cloudscape that uses summertime symbols and iconography that sets a dreamy tone for the installation. You will then be guided to a sloping trail that reveals the base of the lawn.

2 The green expanse will make your jaw drop

'Lawn' summer museum exhibit in DC - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit

Set on an incline, LAWN offers communal areas that will make you automatically shift into summertime lounge mode. Hammocks hanging from a 100-foot-tall ceiling grid welcome you with open arms, as do comfortable chairs, like ones you’d see in a big backyard. A gorgeous fountain that rises from the floor well below is another aesthetic wonder. You can also walk up a scaffolding tower that reaches the height of the National Building Museum’s third floor, offering a stunning view of the entire installation.

3 You will hear summertime tales from prominent American storytellers

Parent with child at the 'LAWN' National Building Museum Summer Block Party exhibit in Washington, DC

Your LAWN experience will be accompanied by never-before-heard stories from a wide range of American celebrities. The LAWN’s interactive hammocks contain hidden speakers that share audio from Venus Williams, Bette Midler, Judah Friedlander, Whoopi Goldberg, local favorite José Andrés and many, many more. These summer stories all reflect a sense of community, further emphasizing the seasonal vibes throughout the installation.

4 Get your game on

Visitor playing cornhole at the 'LAWN' - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit in Washington, DC

The LAWN is not just for chillin’. If you want to get active, play a game of cornhole – we advise going two-on-two and first to 11 wins. You can also play croquet. Don’t worry if you don’t know the rules – there’s always Wikipedia. Or you can make up your own.

5 There’s programming nearly every night of the week

'Lawn' summer museum exhibit in DC - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit

You will have plenty of ways to enjoy LAWN and its summertime feels throughout its run. Ward Days (Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m.) offer free admission to the installation with proof of DC residency. Late Nights (Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.) feature food and beverages for purchase and tunes from DJ Henrietta Stacks. Movie Nights (Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.) mean film screenings on the LAWN itself. And on Sundays from 10-11 a.m., Beth A. Wolfe will host all-ages yoga classes on the expanse. Check the National Building Museum’s website for more special programming.

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