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School Programs at the National Building Museum


For the 2014–2015 school year, programs run from September 24, 2014 to June 12, 2015 and are held at 10 or 10:30 am and 12:30 pm Monday–Friday. Each program costs $100. Click here to register for a school program.

Program Grades Hours Times Offered Class
Min. Num. of
Classes per
Time Slot
My House, My Home
Students learn about the process of building a house through an exploration of the Museum's House & Home exhibition and by creating their own model home.
PreK4–1 1.5 10:30 am–12 pm,
12:30–2 pm
 Max 25 4 4*
City by Design
Students become city planners as they build their own city and begin to understand the challenges of creating a modern livable city. 
K–9 2 10 am–12 pm,
12:30–2:30 pm
 Max 30 4 4*
Architecture 101
Students experience a day in the life of an architect as they create and learn about architectural drawings and models. 
2–9 2 10 am–12 pm,
12:30–2:30 pm
Max 30 4 4*
Designing for Disaster
Students become engineers as they design model buildings for an earthquake zone and then test them on shake tables.
5–9 2 10 am–12 pm, 12:30–2:30 pm Max 30 4 2
Fuller’s Fantastic Geodesic Dome
Students investigate how engineering and math principles are combined in geodesic domes while working together to construct a 6.5’ x 13’ geodesic dome.
5–9 2 10 am–12 pm,
12:30–2:30 pm
 Min 15,
Max 30
4 2

*Two simultaneous programs available during afternoon (12:30-2:00/2:30) time slots.

Looking for a program not listed here?
The Museum is restructuring its school programs in an effort to design new and creative opportunities to engage with the Museum's content and exhibitions. Beginning in September 2014, we will no longer be offering the Drawing on History, Green by Design, Be a Green Builder, or Patterns, Here, There, and Everywhere programs. Please email us at youthgroups@nbm.org to discuss alternate ways to integrate these topics into a museum visit. 

Additional Tours
For more tour options for students in high school or older please visit our Custom Tours section.

School Programs at the National Building Museum are generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; The Tower Companies; CityFund; Clark Charitable Foundation; and an anonymous donor.