National Building Museum

National Building Museum Since 1980, the National Building Museum has been the only U.S. cultural institution dedicated to the world we design and build and its power to shape our lives, our communities, and our futures.

OUR MISSION
The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. OUR VISION
The National Building Museum educates, entertains, and engages people about the built environment and challenges them to advocate for a sustainable and equitable future. Since it was founded in 1980, the National Building Museum has transformed the public’s understanding of the impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, planning, and design. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome visitors of all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, our communities, and our futures. The Museum resides in the historic Pension Building, which contains one of the most awe-inspiring spaces in the nation’s capital: a soaring, expansive Great Hall featuring eight colossal Corinthian columns. On the exterior, a 1,200-foot-long terra cotta frieze wraps the building.

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Our 2021 Honor Award is being presented to global design firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill(SOM). For the first time in 36 y...
05/05/2021

Our 2021 Honor Award is being presented to global design firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill(SOM). For the first time in 36 years, and inspired by this year’s honoree, the Museum will transform the annual Honor Award into a Climate Change Call to Action, including weeks of provocative, expert-led online programming open to the public.

On June 17, the Museum will present the award to SOM at a dynamic virtual event, acknowledging the firm’s extraordinary contributions to the architectural canon and its historic leadership on the critical issues facing the building industry.

Find out more here: https://nbmvirtual.org/

Our 2021 Honor Award is being presented to global design firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill(SOM). For the first time in 36 years, and inspired by this year’s honoree, the Museum will transform the annual Honor Award into a Climate Change Call to Action, including weeks of provocative, expert-led online programming open to the public.

On June 17, the Museum will present the award to SOM at a dynamic virtual event, acknowledging the firm’s extraordinary contributions to the architectural canon and its historic leadership on the critical issues facing the building industry.

Find out more here: https://nbmvirtual.org/

May 11th: Learn about the Rosenwald Schools, the result of a collaboration between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosen...
05/04/2021

May 11th: Learn about the Rosenwald Schools, the result of a collaboration between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald that created nearly 5,000, state-of-the-art schools for African American children throughout the south in the early 20th century.

This program continues the National Building Museum's Equity in the Built Environment series of conversations that focus on how buildings, landscapes, interiors, and streets can be the cause of—and, more important, the cure for—social and racial disparities.

The Equity in the Built Environment series is generously supported by STUDIOS Architecture.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/773839749?view=Detail&id=127250

May 11th: Learn about the Rosenwald Schools, the result of a collaboration between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald that created nearly 5,000, state-of-the-art schools for African American children throughout the south in the early 20th century.

This program continues the National Building Museum's Equity in the Built Environment series of conversations that focus on how buildings, landscapes, interiors, and streets can be the cause of—and, more important, the cure for—social and racial disparities.

The Equity in the Built Environment series is generously supported by STUDIOS Architecture.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/773839749?view=Detail&id=127250

The call for nominations for the Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide® 2021: Race and Space is open until June 15th...
05/03/2021

The call for nominations for the Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide® 2021: Race and Space is open until June 15th!

After the landscapes have been identified, TCLF will commission noted photographers to capture the essence of each threatened site.

Along with the newly commissioned photographs, a complementary online exhibition will include historical images, site plans, other archival materials and video interviews.

Nominate here: https://tclf.org/call-nominations-landslide-2021-race-and-space?destination=search-results

The call for nominations for the Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide® 2021: Race and Space is open until June 15th!

After the landscapes have been identified, TCLF will commission noted photographers to capture the essence of each threatened site.

Along with the newly commissioned photographs, a complementary online exhibition will include historical images, site plans, other archival materials and video interviews.

Nominate here: https://tclf.org/call-nominations-landslide-2021-race-and-space?destination=search-results

The Cultural Landscape Foundation's "Landslide 2021: Race and Space”  gives attention to threatened sites by making them...
04/23/2021
Call for Nominations for Landslide 2021: Race and Space | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation's "Landslide 2021: Race and Space” gives attention to threatened sites by making them more visible, revealing their value, and promoting public engagement in the form of advocacy and stewardship.

Know a place that should be on their list? Nominate it here:

https://tclf.org/call-nominations-landslide-2021-race-and-space?destination=search-result

The call for nominations for Landslide® 2021: Race and Space is now open. This follows the announcement earlier this year that “Race and Space” would be the unifying theme for The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) programmatic agenda beginning in 2021. As an education and advocacy organi...

Happy #EarthDay from the National Building Museum! We’re celebrating with a fun, and free, online Trivia Night. Join us ...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay from the National Building Museum! We’re celebrating with a fun, and free, online Trivia Night. Join us this evening: http://go.nbm.org/earthdaytrivia

Watch for more news about upcoming Museum programs focused on sustainability, the environment, and how to build better for our collective future on this blue planet we call home.

Happy #EarthDay from the National Building Museum! We’re celebrating with a fun, and free, online Trivia Night. Join us this evening: http://go.nbm.org/earthdaytrivia

Watch for more news about upcoming Museum programs focused on sustainability, the environment, and how to build better for our collective future on this blue planet we call home.

Roar! There are lions right across the street from the museum that were created by Raymond Kaskey in 1990. He studied li...
04/22/2021

Roar! There are lions right across the street from the museum that were created by Raymond Kaskey in 1990. He studied live lions at the Smithsonian Zoo and we've got some of his work at the museum!

The completed lion sculptures are on guard at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and can be seen right across the street.

Find even more lions out in the wild of our "Animals, Collected" exhibit. Learn more here: https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/animals-collected/

Next week's "Spotlight on Design" is with the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective. Learn how empathy for the public’s engagement...
04/21/2021

Next week's "Spotlight on Design" is with the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective. Learn how empathy for the public’s engagement with memorials and park spaces informs the work of the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm.

Spotlight on Design is generously supported by the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, and the Anthony and Keiko Greenberg Foundation.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/889277274?view=Detail&id=127056

Next week's "Spotlight on Design" is with the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective. Learn how empathy for the public’s engagement with memorials and park spaces informs the work of the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm.

Spotlight on Design is generously supported by the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, and the Anthony and Keiko Greenberg Foundation.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/889277274?view=Detail&id=127056

What NBM mood are you today?We're a mix between 6 and 8! Image DescriptionsImages 1 & 6: Items from "House and Home" exh...
04/20/2021

What NBM mood are you today?

We're a mix between 6 and 8!

Image Descriptions
Images 1 & 6: Items from "House and Home" exhibit
Image 2: A corgi poses with an item from the 20th century building collection
Image 3: A plaster cast from our new visitor center
Image 4: A spooky guest in the museum's gift shop
Image 5: Image from 2017's "Architecture of an Asylum" exhibit
Image 7: Montgomery C. Meigs celebrates his birthday
Image 8: Image from 2018's "Fun House" exhibit
Image 9: Detail from the building's facade

What NBM mood are you today?

We're a mix between 6 and 8!

Image Descriptions
Images 1 & 6: Items from "House and Home" exhibit
Image 2: A corgi poses with an item from the 20th century building collection
Image 3: A plaster cast from our new visitor center
Image 4: A spooky guest in the museum's gift shop
Image 5: Image from 2017's "Architecture of an Asylum" exhibit
Image 7: Montgomery C. Meigs celebrates his birthday
Image 8: Image from 2018's "Fun House" exhibit
Image 9: Detail from the building's facade

Tonight's program, "The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright", is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Archite...
04/19/2021

Tonight's program, "The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright", is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright, usually known solely as an architect, considered the landscape as an integral element in his work.

This program is supported by the Darwina L. Neal Cultural Landscape Fund for adult programs focusing on cultural landscapes.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/941194216?view=Detail&id=127054

Tonight's program, "The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright", is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright, usually known solely as an architect, considered the landscape as an integral element in his work.

This program is supported by the Darwina L. Neal Cultural Landscape Fund for adult programs focusing on cultural landscapes.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/941194216?view=Detail&id=127054

This Thursday: Join us for an Earth Day–themed virtual Trivia Night! We will test your knowledge on climate, resilience,...
04/18/2021

This Thursday: Join us for an Earth Day–themed virtual Trivia Night! We will test your knowledge on climate, resilience, and sustainability in this fun event.

This FREE event will launch NBM Climate Action at the National Building Museum, which will focus on the urgent crisis of climate change and the leadership role the building industry.

A special thank you to our lead sponsor Amazon!

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/173988629?view=Detail&id=127151

This Thursday: Join us for an Earth Day–themed virtual Trivia Night! We will test your knowledge on climate, resilience, and sustainability in this fun event.

This FREE event will launch NBM Climate Action at the National Building Museum, which will focus on the urgent crisis of climate change and the leadership role the building industry.

A special thank you to our lead sponsor Amazon!

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/173988629?view=Detail&id=127151

Who loves dragons? We've got quite a few in our collection!Dragons are found in art and architecture around the world, s...
04/18/2021

Who loves dragons? We've got quite a few in our collection!

Dragons are found in art and architecture around the world, symbolizing a range of themes and ideas, including the triumph of good over evil, the protection of valuables, and an omen of good fortune.

Come check our dragons out in the "Animals, Collected" exhibit. Learn more here: https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/animals-collected/

The musem is open but our "Play Work Build" space is closed for now! There's still plenty of things for kids to do, incl...
04/16/2021

The musem is open but our "Play Work Build" space is closed for now! There's still plenty of things for kids to do, including activities inside our "Animals, Collected" exhibit.

Learn more and plan your visit:
https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/animals-collected/

The musem is open but our "Play Work Build" space is closed for now! There's still plenty of things for kids to do, including activities inside our "Animals, Collected" exhibit.

Learn more and plan your visit:
https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/animals-collected/

Next week's online program, The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape ...
04/16/2021

Next week's online program, The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright, usually known solely as an architect, considered the landscape as an integral element in his work.

This program offers AIA and ASLA credits. Architects and landscape architects seeking learning units or Certificates of Completion must provide their information when registering for the Zoom event.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1143323321?view=Detail&id=127054

Next week's online program, The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright, usually known solely as an architect, considered the landscape as an integral element in his work.

This program offers AIA and ASLA credits. Architects and landscape architects seeking learning units or Certificates of Completion must provide their information when registering for the Zoom event.

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1143323321?view=Detail&id=127054

Next week's online program, The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape ...
04/16/2021

Next week's online program, The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright, usually known solely as an architect, considered the landscape as an integral element in his work.

This program offers AIA and ASLA credits. Architects and landscape architects seeking learning units or Certificates of Completion must provide their information when registering for the Zoom event.

Register at the link in bio!

Next week's online program, The Landscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is presented in April to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright, usually known solely as an architect, considered the landscape as an integral element in his work.

This program offers AIA and ASLA credits. Architects and landscape architects seeking learning units or Certificates of Completion must provide their information when registering for the Zoom event.

Register at the link in bio!

Test your knowledge on climate, resilience, and sustainability in an Earth Day-themed virtual trivia night! We've got pr...
04/15/2021

Test your knowledge on climate, resilience, and sustainability in an Earth Day-themed virtual trivia night! We've got prizes for the top three teams from the award -winning National Building Museum Shop.

A special thank you to our lead sponsor Amazon!

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/173988629?view=Detail&id=127151

Test your knowledge on climate, resilience, and sustainability in an Earth Day-themed virtual trivia night! We've got prizes for the top three teams from the award -winning National Building Museum Shop.

A special thank you to our lead sponsor Amazon!

Register here: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/173988629?view=Detail&id=127151

Gracias to Hola Cultura DC for spreading the news about Camilo José Vergara's online-only 3-part exhibition about the im...
04/12/2021

Gracias to Hola Cultura DC for spreading the news about Camilo José Vergara's online-only 3-part exhibition about the impact of the pandemic on poor, minority urban communities.

http://go.nbm.org/covidcrossroads

“Documentar encrucijadas: el coronavirus en comunidades minoritarias pobres” es el testimonio visual de la actualidad de la que aún no salimos, de un antes y un después. Desde 1977 Camilo José Vergara ha fotografiado sistemáticamente algunos de los vecindarios más olvidados del país.
https://www.holacultura.com/documentando-encrucijadas/
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We are officially OPEN! The Museum and the Museum Shop will be open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, Fridays through Sundays...
04/09/2021

We are officially OPEN!

The Museum and the Museum Shop will be open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, Fridays through Sundays. Masks are required for all visitors at all times. The Museum is following all D.C. government COVID guidelines regarding building and gallery space visitor capacities.

Visitors may purchase tickets in advance at go.nbm.org/tickets, or at the Visitor Center upon arrival. Visits to the Museum Shop and the Gun Violence Memorial Project do not require a ticket purchase.

Thank you to our sponsors at AARP, Amazon.com, The American Institute of Architects, Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Clark Construction Group, LLC, CoStar CRE, and Miller & Long Co.

We are officially OPEN!

The Museum and the Museum Shop will be open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, Fridays through Sundays. Masks are required for all visitors at all times. The Museum is following all D.C. government COVID guidelines regarding building and gallery space visitor capacities.

Visitors may purchase tickets in advance at go.nbm.org/tickets, or at the Visitor Center upon arrival. Visits to the Museum Shop and the Gun Violence Memorial Project do not require a ticket purchase.

Thank you to our sponsors at AARP, Amazon.com, The American Institute of Architects, Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Clark Construction Group, LLC, CoStar CRE, and Miller & Long Co.

The Washington Post writes about The Gun Violence Memorial Project that is now available to view without ticket purchase...
04/09/2021
Perspective | What should a coronavirus memorial look like? This powerful statement on gun violence offers a model.

The Washington Post writes about The Gun Violence Memorial Project that is now available to view without ticket purchase at the museum.

"Open memorials respond to the unfinished work of grief and the lack of historic closure. And now, a new generation of them responds also to the unfinished work of mass death."

The pandemic, like other open wounds, must be remembered with an “open” memorial.

Tomorrow, tomorrow! After 16 months of waiting we are finally open! A brand new visitor center is ready to welcome you a...
04/08/2021

Tomorrow, tomorrow! After 16 months of waiting we are finally open! A brand new visitor center is ready to welcome you and we can’t wait to show you what we have been up to!

Tomorrow, tomorrow! After 16 months of waiting we are finally open! A brand new visitor center is ready to welcome you and we can’t wait to show you what we have been up to!

There’s still time to join us tonight for tonight’s event:
04/07/2021

There’s still time to join us tonight for tonight’s event:

Journey with us to France tomorrow!

Take a tour of Château La Coste, a unique property in Provence, France, which combines sculptural artworks by leading contemporary artists alongside pavilions and buildings by some of the world’s best-known architects, all within the grounds of a working vineyard.

Architectural photographer Alan Karchmer and Robert Ivy, FAIA, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, talk about their book Château La Coste: Art and Architecture in Provence, which Ivy co-authored and for which Karchmer was the commissioned photographer.

Register here:
http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1323674130?view=Detail&id=127053&fbclid=IwAR06CpounI8vNtZzAkyzA05Cc9NLmqQE7IcyH35zjUFKGsePSBpEVVp752I

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Washington D.C., DC
20001

Metro Red Line to Judiciary Square

Opening Hours

Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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(202) 272-2448

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The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. Transform your understanding of the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and design. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, communities, and futures. The Museum resides in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Washington, D.C., with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.