Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the National Building Museum located and what metro stop is closest to you?
What are your hours of operation?
Where can I park once I get to the Museum?
What is your policy on photography in the Museum?
What are the everyday activities for families?
What exhibitions are open now?
Where is your information about upcoming programs and lectures?
How do I become a Member of the National Building Museum?
Are there any restaurants around the National Building Museum?
Does the Museum ever close?
What do I do if I want to host an event at the National Building Museum?
What is the cost to visit the National Building Museum?
Are tours of the National Building Museum or your exhibitions available?
Is there an ATM at the National Building Museum?
Are there hotels located nearby the National Building Museum?
Is wireless internet available in the Museum?
Are strollers allowed in the Museum? Is there a stroller check?
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The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, between 4th and 5th Streets, across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro (Red line). The Museum is also just a few blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Yellow and Green lines). Wheelchair access is available through the G Street entrance.
Please visit our Accessibility and Directions page.
The National Building Museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. On rare occasions, the Museum may close for a special event. Please visit our Hours and Admission webpage.
The National Building Museum has metered parking available on F, 5th, and G Streets (first come, first served).
Parking meter hours of operation are:
F and 5th Street meters: 7 am to 10 pm, Monday through Friday, 2 hour parking.*
G Street meters: 7 am to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday, 2 hour parking.*
Some meters are active on Saturdays.
Up to date information for parking for persons with disabilities is available from the D.C. Department of Transportation.
Parking on the 4th Street lot is NOT permitted as it is a "permit only" lot. Anyone parking in the lot without a parking permit will be subject to ticketing and towing.
Nearby parking lots/garages are located at the Verizon Center (entrances are on 6th Street and at the corner of 7th and H Streets), at the corner of 7th and F Street (across from the Verizon Center), and at the PMI Garage and 4th and G Streets.
The National Building Museum permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in the Museum’s Great Hall, floors 1–3. Floor 4 is off limits unless you're on a guided Historic Building Tour. Photography is allowed only in some exhibition galleries due to copyright restrictions, and signage will indicate where it is permitted.
For safety reasons, photographers using a tripod must remain with their camera and tripod at all times and not bring their tripod into the exhibition galleries.
We get many inquiries about the feasibility of taking engagement and wedding photos in the Museum’s Great Hall. That is permitted as long as it does not disrupt Museum visitors or interfere with set-up for an event.
There is something for families to do everyday at the National Building Museum. The Building Zone is open daily, Family Tool Kits and the Amazing Arches are available most days, and visitors can participate in Discovery Carts on weekends. See our Everyday Acitivites for more information. Come see for yourself why the Museum has been called one of the most "family-friendly," "fun," "awe-inspiring," and "entertaining" places to visit in Washington, D.C.
Please visit our current exhibitions page.
Please visit our calendar of upcoming programs and lectures.
Becoming a member is easy! Become a National Building Museum member and take advantage of all the Museum has to offer! You'll save money and enjoy insider privileges. And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you support the premier American cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating the building arts. Members enjoy these exclusive benefits:
- Discounts in the Museum Shop and at Museum Programs
- Invitations to Member Events
- Subscription to the Calendar of Events
In addition to Firehook Bakery and Coffee House here at the Museum, which offers a variety of gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods, and beverages, there are a number of restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining within a three block radius of the National Building Museum. Please ask the staff at the Information Desk in our Great Hall for recommendations.
Firehook Café hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm
Sunday, 11 am–4:30 pm
The National Building Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. On rare occasions, the Museum may close for a special event. If we close early for an event, or inclement weather, we will update our main telephone message and website with all pertinent information as soon as possible. We will also make every attempt to place notifications at all entrances.
Read some information on hosting events in the Museum.
Visit our Admissions page for current pricing.
Yes! Learn more about the Museum's tours.
Unfortunately, there is not an ATM at the Museum; however, there are several nearby.
You can find an ATM at:
- 6th Street, between D and E Streets
- E Street, between 6th and 7th Streets
- F Street directly across from the Verizon Center
There are many hotels to choose from located within a short walk of the National Building Museum. Use this map to get started.
Yes! The National Building Museum offers free wireless internet inside the building. The signal is strongest inside the Great Hall and does not reach galleries, side rooms, and upper floors. Use the wireless network locator of your device to find the "Harborlink-NBM" network, and follow the prompts to accept our terms of service.
Strollers are allowed in the Museum and most exhibitions. We do not provide a stroller check.