Museum Open in the Event of a Government Shutdown
Free exhibition admission for government employees with ID
WASHINGTON D.C.—During the government shutdown, the National Building Museum will remain open during regular hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. We are also offering free exhibition admission for government employees with ID during the entire shutdown.
The Museum is private nonprofit institution and is unaffiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
As always, we welcome visitors to enjoy the Great Hall, Museum Shop, café, or a docent-led tour of our historic landmark building free of charge. The prices below include access to all galleries, including the Building Zone, and docent-led exhibition tours where available:
|Free||Museum members; children aged 2 and under|
|$5||Youth (ages 3—17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)|
|$3||Ages 3 and up, entrance to the Building Zone* only (appropriate for ages 2—6)
Includes 45 minutes of play time; tickets are available every hour, starting at 15 minutes after the hour and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Last entry is at 3:15 pm.
Buy tickets online here.
Current exhibitions include: House & Home; Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces; Green Schools; Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy; and PLAY WORK BUILD.
The Museum also hosts various programs for families and professionals. Unless otherwise noted, all programs will occur as scheduled. Visit the calendar to learn more about upcoming events.
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.