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Host a Birthday Party at the National Building Museum

Provide an unforgettable birthday at the Museum for your children and their friends. Birthday parties at the Museum are two hours long and for children ages 3-11. Available October through June, parties are a National Building Museum membership benefit and are available only to Family-level members or higher.

Registration for October–January parties opens on September, 6, 2016 at 12 pm. 

Register for February-June parties starting December 19, 2016 at 10 am. Parties not available July-September. Parties are sold out through May 6, 2017.

Each party includes time for free play, a building activity facilitated by a museum teacher, thematic party hats for participating guests, a special gift for the birthday child, and complementary admission for participating guests (children and adults).

Choose from three exciting themes:

All Aboard! Train Construction Birthday Party

All Aboard! Train Construction
Children become train engineers for the day. They investigate all kinds of trains, and design and construct their own train using a variety of craft materials. Child engineers don conductor hats and "drive" trains along the tracks on a colorful floor map.

LEGO pieces

Brick Bonanza
Children put on construction hats and explore architecture as they design and construct their own buildings using thousands of LEGO® bricks. Families can choose between standard bricks or Duplo, based on the guest age range.

Castles and Crowns Birthday Party

Castles and Crowns
Children have a royally fun time investigating types of castles. Wearing their own crowns, each guest builds their dream castle, complete with towers, dragons, and gems.

Party Details

For: children ages 3-11

When: Saturday or Sunday, October through June, based on availability.

            Saturday parties are 10:30 am – 12:30 pm or 2 -4 pm.

            Sunday parties are 1-3 pm.

Length: 2 hours, plus a 30-minute set-up time for the party host. Room use cannot exceed allotted time.

Guest Limit: 20 children, plus adults

Fees:  $350 initial deposit for the first 15 children. $15/child for any additional participating child guest, up to maximum of 20 children.

Party guests' parents are welcome to stay and participate in the birthday party with their children at no additional fee.

Goodie bag option: Add on a National Building Museum builder-themed goodie bag for $5/bag. Goodie bags will include an assortment of age-appropriate items from the Museum shop. 

How to Register

Please note:  Parties must be paid for at time of registration.  The National Building Museum does not hold parties to be purchased at a later time.

·       Sign in to your member account.

·       Click on the events calendar.

·       Select desired party from the calendar.

·       Follow prompts to book your party.

·       Add on extra party participants and/or Museum goodie bags (if applicable).

·       Review our party FAQ page for additional information.

·       You will be contacted by a representative of the Museum two-weeks prior to your party to finalize party details.

Members must be signed in to access the birthday party calendar. For instructions click here.

Not a member but interested in booking a party?  Contact our membership department during business hours to become a member and book your party at 202.272.2448. Please note: if enrolling as a member online, it will take 24 hours for your information to appear in the online system to book through the web calendar. Telephone is the best way to become a member and secure your desired date.

Cancellation and Rescheduling

To be eligible for a refund or to reschedule a birthday party, the Museum must receive a written request no later than three weeks prior to the confirmed party date. If a party is canceled due to inclement weather, the Museum will reschedule the program or provide a full refund.

Photos by Kevin Allen