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National Building Museum, Washington DC

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History Museum
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. Make National Building Museum a part of your Washington DC vacation plans using our Washington DC tourist route planner.
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  • This is a beautiful building and very nice inside. Besides the building and the interior, it isn't much.  more »
  • So the building is beautiful, but sparsely utilized. The "exhibits" are pretty poor and sparse. They do have two play areas for kids, but beyond the age of 7/8 they won't entertain your kids for long....  more »
  • The exhibits were okay and some very interesting, however, the tour we went on to learn about the building itself was the high point for us. A stunning building indeed. If you have children, this is a...  more »
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  • This place is amazing for kids. I have lived here basically all my life and walked by this building numerous times. It just never made my list of places to go. Finally went there with my daughter. Great kid activity area for building stuff. They have a special area with building materials for the kids but you need to get tickets and get them early. You can reserve your 45 minute time slot for every hour. We got there when it opened on the weekend and the 45 minute time slots where full until noon and you have to pay. Tldr: great cool building, lots of stuff for kids.
  • This is such a historic building and phenomenal museum because of how much you can learn just by taking the free, self-guided tour! Sure you can pay for a docent to take you around, and I encourage you too (especially as you'll learn a LOT more and see restricted areas), but if you're strapped on time and wanna enjoy a quiet tour, this is the place to do it. If you have little ones this is also a top choice on the museum list, as there is little to break, a massive Blue Room to play in, and the Builder's Corner. Not to mention the massive, carpeted atrium with interactive building options. Being immediately above the Judiciary Square Metro stop also makes this an ideal option no matter the weather!
  • Historic, grand location often used to host elegant political events, trade shows and private parties. A White House favorite for entertaining political leaders and VIPs. Headquarters for the design industries, a favorite for tourists, small shops on site, services offered for children, with handicap accessible ramps. A paid valet parking area is available during special events. Located 3 blocks from the Judiciary Square Metro stop and 4-5 blocks away from the Gallery Place Metro stop. Small eateries are within a 3 block radius. History lovers will be in heaven.
  • Love this place! Especially great with young children because of the building zone and imagination blocks area upstairs. It's not free like other museums but the cost is totally worth it. My kids always have a blast here and are happily entertained for hours :-)
  • Super neat museum. The architecture in the building itself and its history are fascinating. Was kind of underwhelmed with the great, but few exhibitions for adults. I have heard it is better to go with kids.