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The Museum occupies one of Washington's most spectacular structures, the former Pension Building, designed by civil engineer and U.S. Army General Montgomery C. Meigs. Designed and constructed between 1881 and 1887, the building, which originally housed the U.S. Pension Bureau and was later occupied by many government agencies, is widely recognized as a marvel of engineering.

An ingenious system of windows, vents, and open archways allows the Great Hall to function as a reservoir of light and air. The impressive Italian Renaissance design, with a central fountain and eight colossal Corinthian columns—among the tallest interior columns in the world—has also made the Great Hall a sought-after spot for gala events, including many Presidential Inaugural Balls. The Great Hall is available for evening rental seven days a week, serving a distinguished clientele of corporations, associations, foundations and individuals. For further information, on renting the Great Hall download our rental application or contact the Museum's Office of Special Events at 202.272.2448, ext. 3102 or e-mail cframe@nbm.org.

Check out a three-dimensional model of the National Building Museum created using Google Sketchup


Tours of the Museum's historic home are available daily; click here for details and times. To schedule a group tour (ten or more persons), click here or contact the Volunteer Manager at 202.272.2448 or e-mail grouptours@nbm.org.