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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
  • Firehook Café hours: Monday–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 ticket required for BEACH installation
    BEACH tickets will not be available online after August 24 in order to accommodate all current ticket-holders by September 7.
    BEACH tickets are available in-person at the Museum admission desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
    BEACH ticket sales end at 4 pm on weekdays and 3 pm on weekends

    BEACH Late Night ticket sales end every Wednesday at 7 pm. Admission is first come, first served
    BEACH admission includes admission to all other exhibitions. Visitors will receive a BEACH wristband to enter the BEACH


The National Building Museum is a private, non-profit institution. Your admission fee helps us 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.

Free Museum members; children aged 2 and under
$16 BEACH adult ticket
$13 BEACH youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)
$10 BEACH Museum member adult; Blue Star Adult
$5 BEACH Museum member Senior, Student, and Youth; Blue Star Senior, Student, and Youth
$8 General adults
$5 General youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)
$3 General, ages 3 and up, entrance to the Building Zone* only (appropriate for ages 2–6)
Includes 45 minutes of play time. Last entry is at 3:15 pm.


Museum Members are entitled to the following number of BEACH member rate tickets per visit:

  • Individual, Senior, Student: One member priced ticket per visit.
  • Dual and Keystone Society: Two member priced tickets per visit.
  • Family, Builder, and Corinthians: Six member priced tickets per visit.

Museum members may purchase non-member tickets for additional guests that exceed their member ticket limits.  Please contact with any questions.

Tickets are also sold in person 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.

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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. Free at Four does not include BEACH admission. 

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.