October 2016

2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          

Browse Full Calendar

Exhibitions / Collections

Small Stories

Commemorating 9/ll

September 3, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Taken by Camilo José Vergara over a span of more than 45 years and focused on the site of the World Trade Center, these time-lapse sequences chronicle the development of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. They are also a testament to the power of place, buildings, and our collective memory.
Learn more.

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.
Learn more.

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.
Learn more.

Timber City

September 17, 2016 - May 21, 2017

Exhibition demonstrating the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty.
Learn more.

Investigating Where We Live 2016

August 5, 2016 - June 7, 2017

Local teens used photography, art, and writing to create an exhibition about what they think defines Washington, D.C.
Learn more.

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.

Learn more.

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.

Learn more.


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.

Learn more.

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

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.

Learn more.