Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
The Building Zone closes at 4 pm

Visit the Museum Shop during public hours—all purchases support educational programs and exhibitions.

The Museum hosts Firehook Café, featuring coffee and beverages, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Available Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm; Sunday, 11 am–4:30 pm.


401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


Metrorail: The Museum is located across the street from Judiciary Square station on Metrorail’s Red Line. Alternatively, take the Yellow, Green, or Red Lines to Gallery Place/Chinatown station and walk two blocks to the Museum.

Metrobus: Four Metrobus routes have stops located near the Museum: D3, D6, 80, and X2.

Capital Bikeshare: The closest bike stations to the Museum are located at 5th and F Streets, NW; 7th and F Streets, NW; 4th and D Streets, NW.

Driving and Parking

Parking is challenging near the Museum and we recommend using public transportation whenever possible. For those who plan to drive: we have partnered with Parking Panda to help visitors find and purchase guaranteed parking at many convenient locations in the area.

reserve parking Parking Map

Once purchased, parking for the National Building Museum is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up, often at exclusive discounts. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever.

Additionally, metered parking is located on 5th, F, and G Streets (please check meter carefully for hours of operation).