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Hours & Admission

  • Open seven days a week
  • The Museum and Museum Shop are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
  • Building Zone hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am–4 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
  • Café hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm; Sunday, 11 am–4:30 pm
  • The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and occasional special events
  • Special Summer Block Party Late Nights: The Museum will be open until 9 pm July 31, August 7, 14, 21, and 28.


The Museum is a private, non-profit institution. Your admission fee helps the Museum deliver world-class exhibitions and programming. We welcome visitors to enjoy the Great Hall, Museum Shop, café, or a docent-led tour of our historic landmark building free of charge.

The prices below include access to all galleries, including the Building Zone, and docent-led exhibition tours where available:

Free Museum members; children aged 2 and under
$8 Adults
$5 Youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)
$3 Ages 3 and up, entrance to the Building Zone* only (appropriate for ages 2–6)
Includes 45 minutes of play time; tickets are available every hour, starting at 15 minutes after the hour and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Last entry is at 3:15 pm.

    Tickets are also sold at the Admissions Desk Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday 11 am–5 pm. Note: Building Zone time selection is not available for online tickets, only in person.

    The BIG Maze
    Tickets for the BIG Maze are availalbe online and in person, on a first-come, first-served basis. All prices include admission to exhibitions.
    In person ticket sales will end at 4 pm daily.

    $10 Museum member adults
    $5 Museum member youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)
    $16 Adults
    $13 Youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)

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    Free at Four - Late Day Reduced Admission
    Weekdays (except federal holidays) 4–5 pm, admission to the exhibition House & Home is free thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During Free at Four, we offer reduced admission to the Museum’s other exhibitions: FREE for members, $5 for adults, $3 for youth.

    Blue StarBlue Star Museums
    The National Building Museum participates in Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission to museums for all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Group Visits

    Group rates for exhibition admission are available for groups of ten or more. Learn more and request the group rate.

    Learn how to bring a student group (school, summer camp, scout, or other youth group) to the Museum.



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    Please visit the Information Desk in the Great Hall for information about the Museum, our exhibitions, and the neighborhood. Self-guided building tours, youth-oriented activity guides, and monthly calendars of events are available.

    Questions? Contact us.