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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
  • General admission to the National Building Museum allows entry into all current exhibitions. 
  • Special ticket required for BEACH installation.
    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 Museum exhibitions. Upon ticket purchase, visitors receive a BEACH wristband to enter the BEACH. 


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
$16 BEACH adult ticket
$13 BEACH youth (ages 3–17); students with ID; seniors (age 60 and over)
$10 BEACH member adult; Blue Star Adult
$5 BEACH member Senior, Student, and Youth; Blue Star Senior, Student, and Youth
$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. 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.

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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.