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HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

January 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Following the BIG Maze in the Great Hall this summer, the National Building Museum will present "HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation," an exhibition featuring the work of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
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July 4, 2015 - September 7, 2015

Spanning across the majestic Great Hall, the Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design The BEACH, which will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million translucent plastic balls. The BEACH will be open July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.
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Designing for Disaster

May 11, 2014 - September 13, 2015

Design can reduce our risk and increase our resiliency to the most destructive forces of nature. From seismic retrofits and safe rooms to firebreaks and floodplain management, this exhibition explores how regional, community, and individual preparedness are the best antidotes to disaster.
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Scaling Washington

March 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition, features stunning large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral.
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Investigating Where We Live

July 25, 2015 - June 5, 2016

Investigating Where We Live provides teens with the opportunity to present the public with their view of Washington, D.C. This year participants explored the District through the lens of its monuments, memorials, and commemorative spaces.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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