Participate in interactive programs that complement curricula in math, science, social studies, language arts, music, and art! At the National Building Museum, children can explore the people, the processes, and the materials that create buildings and places by becoming city planners, designers, and engineers. These programs accommodate children ages 4-14 and a range of ability levels and learning styles, and they encourage teamwork and problem-solving skills.
School Group Programs
Homeschool groups and co-ops are invited to register for National Building Museum school group programs. These programs are designed for groups of 10-30 students and will be offered in the mornings and afternoons Monday-Friday September 24, 2012 through June 14, 2013. For more information, visit the School Program Description page. To sign up for a school group program, visit the registration page.
Not part of a Homeschool group? Attend one of the Museum's popular Homeschool Days to participate in hands-on educational programs with other homeschool families! View the full list of Homeschool Day programs and their descriptions.
Homeschool Days were held in November 2012, and January and March 2013 during the 2012-2013 school year. Check back during Summer 2013 for 2013-2014 dates to be announced.
Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschool Days
What time should we get to the Museum?
Check in for each program will begin half an hour before the program starts inside the Museum's F Street entrance.
What should we do for lunch?
You may bring a bag lunch or purchase a lunch from the Museum Cafe and picnic on the Museum's Great Hall carpet.
Do adults have to purchase tickets?
The $10/child cost covers one child’s participation in one program. There is no cost for adults to participate in the programs. There is a cost for adults to visit the exhibitions. (See the following question.)
Does a Homeschool Day ticket include admission to the Museum's exhibitions?
No. Each $10 Homeschool Day ticket covers one child’s participation in one homeschool program. There is no cost for adults to chaperone the homeschool programs. If families would like to visit the Museum’s exhibitions before or after the Homeschool Day programs, discounted exhibition tickets may be purchased during pre-registration or on the day of your visit.
- Adults: $5
- Tag-a-long Siblings 3 years-old and up: $5
- Children participating in a Homeschool Day program: $3
What are the expectations for adult participation? Do I need to stay with my child(ren)?
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay with their children during the programs. Adults can contribute immensely to students’ experience at the Museum. The hands-on programs require active participation of adults. If you would like to drop your children off or if you have multiple children in separate programs, all children must be picked up immediately after the program ends.
Can I bring my infant/toddler?
Yes. Please bring toys or activities to keep small children occupied during program times. Or, consider bringing any children under six years old to the Museum's Building Zone.
How should I prepare my child(ren) for the programs?
Several of the Museum's programs include a packet of information, an "Educator Resource Packet," for you to prepare your children for the program's content and themes. The packets may be downloaded online.
My child is advanced for his/her age and grade level. Can I sign them up for a program designed for students older than his/her age?
No. Please follow the age ranges for each program when registering your children. Several of the programs for older children require children to be of a certain height or to have hand-eye coordination appropriate for their developmental age.
My child has physical and/or academic special needs. What is the best procedure to include him/her in the program?
The Museum’s school programs are designed to accommodate all needs and are ideal for those students with special needs because they are hands-on and designed to complement a variety of learning styles. But in order for your students to get the most out of our programs, it is important for the trained Museum Teachers to be made aware of any special needs your students have. The Museum strongly encourages you to indicate any special needs, whether physical or academic, when registering your student. Given enough notification, Museum educators can adapt school programs to fit the specific needs of your student. Please indicate how best to accommodate the student(s). A wheelchair accessible entrance is located at the G Street entrance of the Museum.
How large are the classes?
Each program's enrollment is limited to 22 students.
How do we get to the National Building Museum?
The Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, and is adjacent to the Judiciary Square station on Metro’s Red Line. Using the Metro is quick and easy, plus offers a great opportunity to talk with students about city design and transportation. The Museum is unable to provide public parking. We do not recommend driving to the Museum because finding parking can be very challenging. If you are driving, please allow an extra 30 minutes for traffic and to find parking. Two-hour metered parking is available on all sides of the building, however, if you are planning on staying at the Museum for longer than two hours, we recommend parking in one of the nearby parking garages. The closest parking garages are at 6th and G Streets, NW. Click here for detailed driving directions to the National Building Museum.
I registered my child(ren), but we can no longer come. What should I do?
Please email email@example.com to let us know you won't be coming. Refunds are not available.
I have additional questions. What is the best way to communicate with the National Building Museum?
Due to the high volume of phone calls, e-mail is the most efficient method of communication. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all questions regarding registration. Please note, during certain times of the year, it may take a couple of days to return your phone call or email. If necessary, you may call the Museum at 202.272.2448.