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Published: May 23, 2013
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Mini Golf Returns to the National Building Museum

Expanded Indoor Course Includes Two 9-hole Options Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

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Mini Golf is now closed. Be sure to check out the 2014 Summer Block Party offerings, including the BIG Maze.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This summer, the National Building Museum will bring back its popular indoor Mini Golf exhibition. The expanded attraction will feature two 9-hole course options, with all new holes designed and built by leading Washington-area architects, landscape architects, and contractors. The courses will explore the architects’ and designers’ visions of “Building the Future,” with twists and turns sure to challenge golfers young and old. Visitors to the Museum will be able to play this one-of-a-kind course, designed for ages 4 and up, in air-conditioned comfort during Museum hours from Memorial Day (May 27, 2013) to Labor Day (September 2, 2013).

In addition to the original mini golf holes custom-designed for this course, the installation will feature displays of selected items from the Museum’s collections. The walls of the mini golf space will be enhanced by a custom mural by the Museum’s senior graphic designer. Also, visitors’ knowledge of the history of mini golf will be tested with fun facts sprinkled throughout the course.

The Museum will also feature six “Mini Golf Late Night” evenings throughout the summer during which Mini Golf will remain open until 9 pm: June 6, June 27, July 11, July 24, August 8, and August 22.

“Our mini golf courses offer Washington residents and visitors a chance to beat the heat while enjoying a classic summertime tradition in the middle of downtown D.C.,” said Chase W. Rynd, the Museum’s president and executive director. “Players have a chance not only to practice their swing, but also to be inspired by the creative process behind 18 unique architectural marvels.”


WHERE: 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001; Metro: Red line to Judiciary Square and Yellow/Green lines to Gallery Place-Chinatown.

WHEN: Memorial Day (May 27, 2013) to Labor Day (September 2, 2013) during Museum hours. The Museum will also feature six “Mini Golf Late Night” evenings throughout the summer during which Mini Golf will remain open until 9 pm: June 6, June 27, July 11, July 24, August 8, and August 22.

WHO: The course is designed for ages 4 and up.

WHAT: Two 9-hole playable, indoor, air-conditioned mini golf with two 9-hole courses with one-of-a-kind holes created by some of the region’s top architects, construction firms, urban planners, and designers.

COST: Mini Golf admission: $5 per course per person. With purchase of full-price Museum exhibition admission ticket, the price for one course is reduced to $3. Museum members pay $3 per course. Last entry time to play Mini Golf is 4 pm on weekdays unless otherwise noted. Mini Golf ticket sales will end at 3 pm on weekends and holidays.

PRIVATE EVENTS: The Museum’s course is available for rent for private events and happy hours.

INFO: Visit www.nbm.org for more information or call 202.272.2448.

The Museum invited firms and individuals to sponsor, design, and construct a hole with the theme of “Building the Future.” Many participants have formed teams with other building industry professionals to make their hole as dynamic as possible. The Museum will present a Best in Show award, determined by a jury of design experts, and players will vote for the People’s Choice award.


  • Sponsors: Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and The Yards; Designer: Shalom Baranes Associates; Builder: Winmar Construction; Additional contributors: ABC Printing & Graphics, Forest City Washington, Herip Associates, Interface Multimedia, and Ken Foran
  • Sponsor: IEEE-USA; Designer: Inscape Publico; Builder: Glass Construction
  • Sponsor: Linder & Associates Event Architects; Designer and Builder: District Design
  • Sponsor, Designer, and Builder: STUDIOS Architecture; Additional contributors: Interface, Alliance Lighting, and 3form
  • Sponsor and Designer: Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners; Builder: Hamel Builders
  • Sponsor: The Vinyl Institute; Designers and Builders: Hixon Design Consultants and Parker Rodriguez
  • Sponsors: American Society of Interior Designers and Teknion; Designer: Determined by Design
  • Sponsor: American Society of Landscape Architects; Designer and Builder: Jason Granado, lead, with Jaeeun Cho, Brian Green, James Hanger, and John Whilden of the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
  • Sponsors: Atmosphere Lighting, Occasions Caterers, and Perfect Settings; Designer and Builder: Design Foundry
  • Sponsor and Designer: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS LLP; Builder: Monarc Construction
  • Sponsor, Designer, and Builder: Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Sponsor: Evonik Cyro; Designer: KUBE Architecture; Builders: Madden Corporation and Mersoa Woodwork & Design LLC
  • Sponsor, Designer, and Builder: Hargrove, Inc.
  • Sponsor: The JBG Companies; Designer: Landscape Architecture Bureau; Builder: Harkins Builders
  • Sponsors: Mount Vernon Triangle CID and Steuart Investment Co.; Designer: E/L Studio; Builder: Think Make Build
  • Sponsor, Designer, and Builder: Rippeteau Architects, PC
  • Sponsor, Designer, and Builder: Smolen Emr Ilkovitch Architects
  • Sponsor, Designer, and Builder: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Additional Sponsor: Zebra Imaging; Additional Builder: Students from the Catholic University School of Architecture

General Sponsors:

  • Cassidy Turley
  • DAVIS Construction
  • Geppetto Catering, Inc.
  • Washington Parent Magazine

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.

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