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Hours & Admission

Please note: the Building Zone will be closed Wednesday, April 23.

  • 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


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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.


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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.

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

    Check out our group tour opportunities.

    Questions? Contact us.