The BIG Maze
Opening July 4, 2014
Get lost at the Museum this summer!
The Museum, in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, will create a never-before-seen large-scale maze for the Museum's historic home. Soaring approximately 18 feet high and measuring 60 feet by 60 feet, the maple plywood structure will boast a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore. The "BIG Maze" will be open July 4 to September 1, 2014.
Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes, this contemporary maze will be located in the West Court of the Museum's historic Great Hall. In addition to viewing the maze from the ground floor, visitors will also be able to get an unexpected aerial perspective from the Museum’s second- and third-floor balconies.
Bjarke Ingels said of his design: "The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" From outside, the maze's cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-foot-tall walls. On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the center which concludes with a grand reveal—a 360 degree understanding of your path in and how to get out.
The BIG Maze is part of our annual Summer Block Party, a slate of programming, exhibitions, concerts, late nights, and Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue pop-up on the West Lawn.
ARCHITECT Interviews Bjarke Ingels
Construction of the BIG Maze
The BIG Maze will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, July 4 through September 1.
Special members-only hours: Fridays* and Saturdays** 9–10 am, through August 30. Regular member maze prices apply.
*Fridays: Please use F Street entrance prior to 10 am.
**Saturdays: Please use F or G Street entrances prior to 10 am.
Enjoy extended Museum hours to visit exhibitions, navigate the BIG Maze, and nosh at Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue. Hours are 5–9 pm on the following dates:
July 10 Members only
July 31 | August 7, 14, 21, 28
Tickets for the BIG Maze are available online and in person, on a first-come, first-served basis.
In person ticket sales will end at 4 pm daily.
|$5||Youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)|
Exclusive Maze benefits for members include discounted admission, special members-only hours every Friday and Saturday, and a members-only late night on July 10. Not a member? Join now to take advantage of these amazeing benefits.
Non-member Admission (includes all Museum exhibitions)
|$13||Youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)|
Learn more about the BIG Maze
Additional support provided by:
In-kind support provided by:
Robert Silman Associates
Cumming Construction Management
For sponsorship information about the BIG Maze, please contact Valerie McDonald at 202.272.2448, ext. 3208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rendering courtesy BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.