First Floor: G Street Side
Just as a building's foundation lays the groundwork for a structure, child-initiated play lays a foundation for learning. Through imaginative play, children learn to interact with others, to recognize and solve problems, and to gain confidence. Play helps children make sense of their physical and social worlds and their place within them. We invite our youngest visitors and their families to enjoy this space as they explore the world we build for ourselves.
Hours & Admission
Building Zone hours: 10 am–4 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 11 am–4 pm on Sundays
As with the Museum's other exhibitions, the Building Zone is FREE for members. Otherwise, Building Zone entry is included in the admission ticket for all Museum exhibitions ($7 per child, $10 per adult). Admission to the Building Zone includes 45 minutes of play time. Building Zone play times start at 15 minutes after the hour and run to the top of the hour. Last entry is 3:15 pm. Find more Hours & Admission information.
Book of the Month Club
On the first Tuesday of each month, the Museum will introduce a new book during a read-aloud in the Building Zone's Book Nook. The books explore themes such as patterns, city planning, construction, and celebration of other cultures. Families will then be invited to participate in corresponding hands-on play activities in the Building Zone. Learn more about the Book of the Month club.
Special Note for Groups: the Building Zone is designed for family visitors. The Museum reserves the right to ask groups of 10 visitors or more to split into smaller groups when visiting the exhibition. Peak visitation hours are 10 am–Noon.
The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for its support of the Building Zone.