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Summer Block Party 2015

Check back soon for our 2016 summer schedule.

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The National Building Museum has some exciting plans for the summer ahead! Be sure to check back often and sign up below for updates.


Spanning across the majestic Great Hall, the Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design The BEACH, which will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million translucent plastic balls. The BEACH will be open July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

Architecture 101

The popular summer series returns this July with overview lectures on several architectural styles: Bio-architecture, Art Nouveau, and traditional Japanese architecture.

Summer Camp

Our campers experience the world we build for ourselves in new ways—through the building, visual, and performing arts during the Museum's full-day summer camp.
Learn more.

Scaling Washington

Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition, features stunning large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral.


PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience.

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

Following the BIG Maze in the Great Hall this summer, the National Building Museum will present "HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation," an exhibition featuring the work of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

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