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Published: June 7, 2012
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Mini-Golf News Release

National Building Museum to Present Architecture-Themed Mini-Golf Course

Mini Golf
Rendering of Mini Golf in the Museum
Illustration by Museum staff

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 explore the design of our built world by means of an unprecedented interactive exhibition: a miniature golf course. The course will be located inside one of the Museum’s galleries, with holes designed and built by some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington area. 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 July 4 through Labor Day 2012.

In addition to the original mini-golf holes custom-designed for this course, the installation will feature selected items from the Museum’s collection. As a tribute to the ever-present mini-golf obstacle, the windmill, a number of toy windmills from the Museum’s Architectural Toy Collection will be on view. One wall of the mini-golf space will be enlivened 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.

“We expect to draw families, couples, and groups of friends to mini-golf and to dazzle them with an architecturally-impressive course,” said Chase W. Rynd, the Museum’s president and executive director. “And they’ll beat the heat.”

Mini-Golf Info
: 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001; Metro: Red line to Judiciary Square and Yellow/Green lines to Gallery Place-Chinatown.

WHEN: July 4 through Labor Day during Museum hours. The Museum will also offer two special evenings during which it will be open until 9 pm: Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, August 23.

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

WHAT: A playable indoor, air-conditioned mini-golf course with 12 one-of-a-kind holes created by some of the region’s top architects, construction firms, urban planners, and designers.  

COST: $5 per round per person. With purchase of full-price Museum exhibition admission ticket, the price per round is reduced to $3. Museum members play for $3. Those who want to see the course without playing can do so as long as they have exhibition admission tickets.

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

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 a building-related theme inspired by an actual building, bridge, landscape, or monument—or a completely fanciful one. Many participants have formed teams with other building industry professionals to make their hole as dynamic as possible.

To stir the teams’ competitive juices, 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

  • Designer and Builder: District Design; Sponsor: Linder & Associates Event Architects
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: STUDIOS Architecture and OLIN; Additional support from: 3form, Alliance Lighting, and Interface
  • Designer: GrizForm Design Architects; Builder: Potomac Construction Services; Sponsor: IEEE-USA
  • Designer and Builder: Seth Estep, Brian Green, Rebecca May, Luke VanBellegham, Students of the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center; Sponsor: American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Designers and Sponsors: Atmosphere Lighting, Foundry Crew, Occasions Caterers, and Perfect Settings; Builder: Foundry Crew
  • Designer and Builder: E/L Studio; Sponsor: Frank and Georgine Anton
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: Hargrove Inc.
  • Designer: Landscape Architecture Bureau; Builder: Monarc Construction; Sponsor: The JBG Companies
  • Designer: Atelier U:W; Builder: Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech; Sponsor: Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Designer and Builder: Inscape Studio; Sponsor: Steuart Investment Company, 360° H Street Apartments
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners

General Sponsors

  • Cassidy Turley
  • DAVIS Construction
  • Washington Parent
  • Mr. Stephen E. Sandherr

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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