Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017
Trace the history and future of D.C.'s historic mental healthcare site. Explore shifting theories about how to care for the mentally ill, as well as recent plans for re-use of the campus.
Discover how architects are leveraging the advantages of cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty.
The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin
See how landscape architect Lawrence Halprin created strong, expressive forms that evoked the structures and processes of nature, often with terracing enlivened by flowing water.
Around the World in 80 Paper Models
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.
Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions
Explore the extraordinary objects in the Museum’s collection. These physical pieces of the world we design and build inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it.
House & Home
Through interactive displays, historic home objects, and film, discover houses both familiar and surprising, challenging ideas about what it means to live at home in America.
Our youngest visitors ages 2 to 6 enjoy a hands-on introduction to building and design at The Building Zone. Hours: 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Saturday; and 11 am-4 pm, Sunday.
Investigating Where We Live
See the built environment from the eyes of local teens. Participants used photography, art, and writing to create an exhibition about what they think defines Washington, D.C.