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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.

Rare Architectural Paper Models Go on Display
March 23, 2016
The National Building Museum will publicly display an array of rare architectural paper models for the first time. Around the World in 80 Paper Models draws from a magnificent 4,600-piece collection recently donated to the Museum by architect David Kemnitzer of West Virginia. The collection, among the largest of its kind in the world, includes tiny, postcard- sized models that become Guggenheim-Museum-shaped earrings; a 3-foot-tall Chicago skyscraper; and a hand-drawn California mission. The exhibition begins April 16 and will be viewable in the Museum's recent acquisitions gallery.

March 3, 2016
On May 24, 2016, the National Building Museum will present its Honor Award to CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees at its Annual Gala, recognizing their profound contributions to our nation's building industry, commitment to local community, and innovative vision for our future.

Built by Women DC winners on display March 19 and 20
March 1, 2016
On March 19 and 20, 2016, the National Building Museum will exhibit the winners of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation's (BWAF) second Built by Women (BxW) competition.

Social Change and Equality with Carol Shapiro, BWAF
February 19, 2016
Carol Shapiro, the executive director of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), works to change the culture for women in built environment professions by researching, documenting, and educating the public about their work.

National Building Museum to become new Custodian of Washington National Cathedral Construction & Design Archives
February 11, 2016
Washington National Cathedral has selected the national Building Museum as the custodian of its Construction and Design Archives. The collection consists of more than 32,000 historic architectural drawings related to the design and construction of the Cathedral and other historic buildings on its 57-acre campus in Northwest Washington.

Ultimate Megafort Returns
February 9, 2016

Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward Premieres February 20
January 27, 2016
On February 20, 2016, the National Building Museum opens its next exhibition, Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward. Working mostly in black and white, Ward’s large format photographs of sites like Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and the National September 11 Memorial in New York City focus on the fundamental material that constructs the landscape: grain, texture, bright light, dappled shade. By denying us the familiar green lawns and foliage, colored blooms and surfaces, Ward’s dramatic photographs challenge us to see the landscape around us with new eyes. Luminous Landscapes is on view through September 5, 2016.

Dupont Underground Announces Re-Ball! Design Competition
January 5, 2016
The Dupont Underground, the nonprofit organization that is revitalizing the former trolley station beneath D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a new venue for art, performance, and creative activation, is pleased to announce the launch of Re-Ball!, an open design competition for a site-specific installation in part of the subterranean space. The exhibition and events that occur during its run will be the first time the old station has been opened up for use in two decades.


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