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November 18, 2012

PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience.

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Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

March 8, 2014

Explore the extraordinary objects in the National Building Museum’s collection. These physical pieces of the world we design and build—from the tools that help create it to the toys that help explain it—inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it.

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House & Home

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America.

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Building Zone

A hands-on introduction to the building arts designed especially for the Museum’s youngest visitors, ages two to six. The Building Zone hours are 10:00 am - 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday; and 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sundays.

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Around the World in 80 Paper Models

April 16, 2016 - April 17, 2017

Around the World in 80 Paper Models opens in the Museum’s new acquisitions galleries, Cool & Collected. Drawing from a magnificent 4,500-piece collection recently donated to the Museum, the architectural paper models represent buildings, cultures, and countries from Austria to Wales.
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Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse

May 21, 2016 - January 22, 2017

The small stories of 12 dolls' houses from the past 300 years will be brought to life by imagining the characters that live or work there. Come and meet the residents, and discover tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime.
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Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward

February 20, 2016 - September 5, 2016

Working mostly in black and white, landscape photographer Alan Ward focuses 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 large format photographs challenge us to see the landscape with new eyes.
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Investigating Where We Live

July 25, 2015 - June 6, 2016

Investigating Where We Live provides teens with the opportunity to present the public with their view of Washington, D.C. This year participants explored the District through the lens of its monuments, memorials, and commemorative spaces.
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