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National Building Museum celebrates unique history as Inaugural Ball venue
January 5, 2017
The National Building Museum marks its historic role as a venue for official Inaugural Balls with special building tours, inauguration-related artifacts on view, and an immersive virtual reality photo experience highlighting the building’s Great Hall and its role in presidential celebrations.

Dr. Ruth Talks Dollhouses with NPR’s Susan Stamberg
November 21, 2016
Dr. Ruth Westheimer collects dollhouses—not for her grandchildren, but as comforting reminders of the idyllic family life they portray. The famed sex therapist, who fled Nazi Germany in her youth, visits the National Building Museum and discusses how her dollhouse collection helps her connect with the childhood she lost.

October 31, 2016
Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw, and Joseph Mills—three premier chroniclers of mid- to late-20th-century Washington—examine the streets of downtown D.C. in DISTRICT II. The exhibition of photographs of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, presented by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. at the National Building Museum, will open to the public on Saturday November 19, 2016.

National Building Museum to present Architecture of an Asylum
October 25, 2016
The National Building Museum announces an exhibition titled Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths, 1852-2017. The multi-disciplinary exhibition traces St. Elizabeths’ evolution over time, reflecting shifting theories about how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and mixed-use urban development. It is slated to open at the Museum on March 25, 2017.

DiscoverE Future City Competition to Receive 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation
October 19, 2016
Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that DiscoverE and its Future City Competition will receive the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. The educational program was selected for its exemplary leadership in engaging young students to learn about and solve complex engineering and building challenges, commitment to diversity, and innovation.

Influential Modernist Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin Featured in New Exhibition Opening at the National Building Museum Nov. 5
October 4, 2016
traveling exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) will open November 5, 2016, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Timed with the centennial anniversary of Halprin’s birth, the exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco.

"Don't Leave Me" weaves dance, music, and architecture
September 30, 2016
“Don’t Leave Me” weaves dance, music, and architecture in an exploration of the ways physical space determines human action and the interdependence of people within that space. Professional dancers with and without disabilities use an ever-changing set design as apparel, furniture, and architecture.

Five Myths About Timber
September 6, 2016
Timber City explores the benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including engineered wood products like cross-laminated timber. Here are some of the questions—and surprising answers—related to urban timber construction.

September 1, 2016
is pleased to announce that Studio Gang has been selected to design next year’s summer installation. The temporary structure will be the latest in the Museum’s annual series, following ICEBERGS by James Corner Field Operations.

Commemorating 9/11 in Photography
August 24, 2016
To mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the National Building Museum will present Commemorating 9/11: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara, September 3-November 27, 2016.

Change in Focus
August 2, 2016
We talked to five teens from Investigating Where We Live and asked how their own perceptions of Washington, D.C. have changed since the program began in early July, 2016.

What's New With Wood?
July 26, 2016
This fall, the National Building Museum will challenge the notion that wood is an antiquated building material when it opens Timber City. The groundbreaking new exhibition will demonstrate the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction.

June 14, 2016
The National Building Museum will create a new, one-of-a-kind destination this summer when it unveils ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation will emphasize current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. ICEBERGS will be open to the public July 2–September 5, 2016.

June 6, 2016
This summer, the National Building Museum will serve as the only U.S. venue for Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse, which will feature a stunning selection of 12 historical dollhouses spanning the past 300 years from the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London. As a contemporary update, the exhibition will also showcase the artistic interpretations of a dollhouse by a group of 24 diverse American architects, designers, and artists. This “Dream House” installation of miniature interiors will bring the long history of the dollhouse full circle to the present day. Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse will be on view May 21, 2016 through January 22, 2017.

National Building Museum celebrates Montgomery Meigs’ 200th Birthday
April 29, 2016
On Tuesday, May 3, the National Building Museum celebrates the 200th birthday of General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, the former quartermaster general of the U.S. Army and architect of the Pension Building, which later became the Museum’s home. Commemorating the anniversary will be a week-long series of events, including special tours, new objects from his life on display, and a drop-in birthday party.


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