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National Building Museum, Washington DC

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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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  • One of my favorite buildings with the most awesome columns inside. Great exhibits and gift shop especially if one is interested in architecture. 
  • I have visited the National Building Museum on three trips to Washington, and have enjoyed my visit each time. The architecture is striking from the interior and exterior, and of a different style tha...  read more »
  • The space alone inside the museum is worth seeing . The Corinthian columns are 75 feet tall and the space is overwhelming enormous . The exhibits are few but for $10 general admission I am fine with t...  read more »
  • I have always enjoyed visiting the National Building Museum: it's a great space, I've never seen it as crowded as the museums on the Mall, and it's had some very interesting and unique shows in the past. But the $16 ticket fee just too high in a town packed with free museums that have so much more to see, comparatively. The gift shop, (pricey as all museum gift shops), has some really cool stuff, focusing on well and unusual design items for home and office as well as a fascinating array of architectural and design books. It is convenient, just one stop from Union Station and an easy walk to either the Mall or Chinatown area.
  • One of the best museums in DC--it definitely deserves to be more widely known. A beautiful historic building, fascinating permanent exhibits, and unfailingly fascinating temporary exhibits. The best museum gift shop in DC to boot.
  • Cool place, was there for the Iceberg exhibit. Some good exhibits. Kid friendly. A little pricey and was expecting a little more on architecture. Worth a look, but recommend discounted admission.
  • A museum dedicated to buildings and infrastructure has so much potential, especially in DC, which is rich in architectural diversity and history. But the exhibits are rarely engaging for adults and those interested in learning something new upon visiting a museum. The best attractions are the hands-on building activities for kids and the gift shop, which offers a variety of interesting genres, from circuitry to architecture to art. There is a play area monitored by museum staff where kids can be dropped off while parents wander the museum.
  • Great museum, perfect for a very hot or rainy day with the kids. Multiple permanent kid friendly exhibits in a non crowded beautiful facility. Membership is worth the money even for semi regular visitors.
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