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Published: August 22, 2013
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Two Indoor, 9-hole Courses Designed by Architects; Hill Country BBQ Pop-up on the West Lawn

Mini Golf 


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 brings back its popular indoor Mini Golf exhibition. The expanded attraction features two 9-hole course options, with all new holes designed and built by leading Washington-area architects, landscape architects, designers, and contractors. The courses reflect this year’s theme of “Building the Future,” with twists and turns sure to challenge golfers young and old. Designed for ages 4 and up, the one-of-a-kind courses are located in air-conditioned comfort during Museum hours from Memorial Day (May 27, 2013) to Labor Day (September 2, 2013).

The Museum will also offer 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.”

View preliminary designs of the unique golf holes online.

The National Building Museum has also partnered with Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C. to present Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue, a unique branded outdoor experience featuring Hill Country’s award-winning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and signature cocktails on the Museum’s spacious and picturesque West Lawn. Throughout the summer, the space features live American roots music on Friday and Saturday nights, presented by Hill Country Live, Hill Country’s Austin-inspired music program.

“Hill Country Barbecue is excited to be teaming up with the National Building Museum to create the ultimate backyard barbecue for Washingtonians who love to be outside when the weather is warm," said Jim Foss, Hill Country Barbecue Market’s director of operations. "There's really no experience that can top a night hanging out on the lawn with friends, having some delicious barbecue with an ice- cold beer, and listening to music during the summer!"


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

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.

Cost: $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. Also available for private rentals.

Press Preview: Thursday, June 6, 5 pm. Register here or contact Emma Filar, efilar@nbm.org, 202.272.2448, ext. 3458.

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

Participating Design and Construction Teams and Sponsors: 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.

Mini-Golf Teams:

  • 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; Builder: DAVIS Construction
  • 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, FLOR, and Independent Custom Metalworks
  • 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


Call 202.556.2050, e-mail info@hillcountrywdc.com or visit www.hillcountrywdc.com. Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue opens May 3 and operates Wednesday through Saturday from Noon–9 pm and Sundays from Noon–6 pm.

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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