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Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season at the National Building Museum
February 21, 2017
The National Building Museum presents Design with Nature, a family afternoon to highlight the intersection of design, building, and the natural environment. In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival®, the activities are set to take place on April 9, 11 am–2 pm.
National Building Museum Brings Industry Icon Beverly Willis and DC Talent Paola Moya Together in “Architects Across Generations”
February 21, 2017
On March 7, The National Building Museum will host a special event titled “Architects Across Generations” as part of programming to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Hands-on Family Festival returns to the National Building Museum
February 14, 2017
Be an engineer for a day at Discover Engineering Family Day, now in its 25th year.
We ❤ Our Collections
January 30, 2017
The Museum staff name their favorite collections items.
Architectural Fairy Tales
January 24, 2017
“My cryonic technician described what had happened…” So begins the 2016 Fairy Tale competition winning story, written and illustrated by Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig. Hear an illuminating interview with Alan Maskin, principal at Olson Kundig, about their story-crafting process and listen to passages of the winning 2017 Fairy Tales read by Lauren Ober, host of WAMU’s The Big Listen. Fairy Tales, now in its fourth edition, is the largest architecture competition in the world, inviting architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, and students to submit original architectural fairy tales.
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.
NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM TO HOST HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBITION FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS OF MT. VERNON SQUARE AND DOWNTOWN D.C. FROM THE 1960S ONWARDS
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.
October 26, 2016
Urban Salons immerse participants in the past, present, and future of the built environment in the Washington metropolitan area through a unique salon-style program format. Each
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.
STUDIO GANG TO DESIGN THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM'S 2017 SUMMER INSTALLATION
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.