The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build.
The National Building Museum transforms understanding of the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and design. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, communities, and futures. The Museum resides in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Washington, D.C., with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.
On December 12, 2020, the Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary. We invite you to watch this video created in honor of the occasion, and then to learn more about us through the pages linked below that.