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Summer Camp

Summer Camp has now been extended to include rising 6th graders for summer 2016.

Check back in January 2016 for more information about camp!

Camp Sessions
Electives and Family Showcase
Hours and Cost
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Camp Sessions

Campers learn about perspective in a city drawing exercise

Session I, July 5-July 8 (4 day)

Session II, July 11-July 22 (10 day)

Session III: July 25-July 29 (5 day)

Session IV: August 1-August12 (10 day)


Each afternoon campers select one design-based elective of their choice. This gives campers the opportunity to meet campers outside of their group and work with different counselors. Electives are ever-changing and often repeat. If your camper does not get his or her first choice there are often other opportunities to participate.

Sample electives might include:

  • LEGO® City Building
  • Stained glass exploration
  • Art Deco Club
  • Terra Cotta Tile Making
  • Designing with Food
  • Engineering Squad
  • Much more!

Family Showcase

Each camp session culminates in a design presentation, exhibition, or perfomance called Family Showcase. This event is held at 3 pm on the last day of each session, and gives campers a chance to show off their projects while families meet the staff.

Camp Hours

Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm.

Early drop-off begins promptly at 8:30 am. Please do not arrive earlier as camp staff will not be available to greet you. Campers should pack a non-refrigerated lunch; a mid-morning nut-free snack is provided.

Extended care is available from 3–5:30 pm for an additional fee. Activities include crafts, games, and building challenges. A snack is provided. We do not offer extended care on the last day of each session due to the Family Showcase. At this time, we are unable to offer a per-diem extended care rate.



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Have more questions? Visit the frequently asked questions page or email

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Learn More!

Read our camper interviews to learn what alumni from previous summer sessions have to say about their experiences at the National Building Museum.

Meet our instructors and staff.

View a sample daily schedule.