National Building Museum, Washington DC

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Tour a museum for architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning when you visit National Building Museum. View detailed drawings, rare photographs from the early 20th century, and original building fragments. Take your younger kids to the Building Zone to build a fort, or construct a soft-block arch in the museum's Great Hall. Tour the building itself, which is a National Historic Landmark and was completed in 1887. The museum's shop is considered the "best museum shop" by several publications, including The Washington Post and National Geographic Traveler's blog. Work out when and for how long to visit National Building Museum and other Washington DC attractions using our handy Washington DC day trip planning site .
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  • My husband and I visited the National Building Museum during our visit to Washington DC. We both have an interest in architecture, and after taking a great architecture walking tour with DC Design Tou...  more »
  • I was not looking forward to visiting this museum. Since I made my husband go to another museum the day before, it was only fair that I went with him to this museum. I was pleasantly surprised to find...  more »
  • So you wait in a long line and pay a lot of money for less than an hour of an underwhelming play room.  more »
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  • The huge building itself is actually the museum. There is essentially nothing here. It demonstrates current government waste. Do we really need to look at a useless building and pay for its upkeep and salaries? Nanny's bring children here to play in two rooms of play stuff. Rebuild the place and move government agencies in here from rented offices. Or sell it as an embassy or to the private sector. Take the money and run.
  • Beautiful building the history is great , I had to look that up. The visit was uncomfortable. There is no way to know what to do. There's kids running around screaming. People off to side at tables.To many signs with no information. The information desk is 100 yards from door behind stuff, we did not see for a good 5 minutes. I felt uncomfortable. But that's my hang-up. The statues at the crown or ceiling are stunning. A must see even if just to walk through the enormous first floor lobby is not the right word. The exhibits are all a fee and you can become a member. Call or check website for times and exhibits.
  • The unpaid tour guide was knowledgeable. The rest of the staff didn't seem to know much about anything. One who was stationed in an exhibit said he didn't even know what the exhibit wad about. Overall its a fairly short stop without much to see.
  • Went with my son's 3rd grade class' field trip recently. They did a nice job of teaching the kids about land use and urban planning. Also had fun crafting their own buildings with recyclable materials. Nicely done.
  • This is a hidden gem and I took my architecture loving 5 yr old here. He had a ball in the kids building area and also running around the magnificent courtyard inside. This is a neat place and has a royal feel to it while is usually not found in United States.
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