Group Visits and Custom Tours
Group rates are available for groups of ten or more. The group fee of $5 per person includes admission to all of the Museum’s exhibitions (occasional time restrictions may apply). Please make your reservation at least three weeks in advance. Payment is due at least two weeks prior to your visit.
School Groups (K-12)
School groups who wish to enjoy the Museum’s exhibitions without a tour may book tickets using the group rate. School groups receive an additional discount of one free ticket per ten students to accommodate the required chaperons. The group tour office will provide discount information at the time of payment. Visit the school programs page for more great program options.
45-minute tours are led by trained and knowledgeable docents and provide in-depth knowledge about the National Building Museum’s exhibitions and historic building. Custom tours pay the basic group fee for admission to the exhibitions plus $25 per docent. Maximum group size is 25 people per docent and tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.
Custom Tour Offerings
- Historic Building Tour
Learn the history of the National Building Museum's historic home, the former Pension Building, when you take this docent-led historic building tour. Can be booked without paying admission to the exhibitions, but requires the docent fee.
- Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990
Learn more about this city's transformation into an internationally recognized destination. Your docent will share some of the highlights of this extensive exhibition, sharing interesting information and stories. Age recommendation is 14 and up, and a maximum of 20 people per tour. Limited time exhibition, closes after March 14, 2014.
- House & Home
Explore the architecture of everyday life and learn about different construction techniques, see some of America's most iconic homes, and revist home goods from yesterday and today. Your docent will share some of the highlights of this extensive exhibition, sharing interesting information and stories.
- Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces
Learn more about this unique vault structure and the many landmark buildings Guastavino tiles are utilized in. This 30 to 45 minute tour will provide an in-depth look at this little known style.
- Bridging the Gap Discovery Cart
During this interactive demonstration, participants learn about basic forces that inpact structures, the five different types of bridges and their advantages and disadvantages, and how bridges are applied in real world situations. This 30-minute, hands-on, interactive program can be booked without paying admission to the exhibitions, but requires the docent fee.
- Arches and Trusses Discovery Cart
Discover how building forces, materials, and structures affect strength and longevity. Participants test different building materials and work together to build an arch. This 30-minute, hands-on, interactive program can be booked without paying admission to the exhibitions, but requires the docent fee.
- The Three Little Pigs Build a House
This 30-minute, hands-on, interactive program and storybook reading will teach children about the basic components for a house and a variety of materials. This program can be booked without paying admission to the exhibitions, but requires the docent fee.
- Inaugural Ball Tour
Learn about the Pension Building's connection to the Presidential Inaugural Balls. Your docent will share the pageantry and history of these festive events. Requires purchase of admission as well as the docent fee.
Special Custom Tours
- Curator-Led Tours
Share in the expertise and behind-the-scenes knowledge of one of the National Building Museum’s curators. Maximum of 25 people. The fee for this tour is $300, which includes admission to the exhibitions.
- After Hours Tours
Available on a limited basis, please contact the tour office for details.
If you must cancel your group or custom tour, please contact the tour office at 202.272.2448 ext. 3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. If you must cancel your tour on the day of, please contact the Information Desk at 202.272.2448 ext 3901. Any cancellation less than one week prior to the tour date forfeits all fees. In the event that the museum must cancel a tour, the full fee will be refunded or the tour will be rescheduled. To be eligible for a refund or to reschedule your visit, the Museum must receive written notification no later than one week prior to the visit date. If a school or organization's administration cancels a field trip less than one week before the scheduled trip due to a change in policy, a letter from the principal or leader indicating the change in policy will be required to receive a refund or to reschedule the canceled visit. If a school or organization closes due to inclement weather or cancels field trips on short notice the Museum will reschedule the visit or provide a full refund.
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