The Museum remains open with regular hours during the government shutdown.
Federal employees receive free admission by showing their federal badges at the admissions desk.

Sheet Metal Structure in the Great Hall, 1988

Collections Highlight: Frank Gehry’s Sheet Metal Architectural Model

Thursday, November 30, 2017

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar Since 2012, the Museum’s Summer Block Party has focused on the construction of a large showpiece in the Museum’s Great Hall. From the BEACH to this past summer’s Hive, these feats of engineering and imagination have showcased the designs of prominent...

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Making Room micro unit

Interview with Lisa Blecker of Resource Furniture

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Museum partnered with Resource Furniture, Clei, and architect Pierluigi Colombo to present The Open House, a fully rendered 1,000-square-foot home installed directly in the Making Room exhibition galleries. The Open House will allow visitors to experience how smart, flexible, and efficient design can make...

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Museum Shop Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The National Building Museum’s award-winning Museum Shop features a wide selection of gifts inspired by architecture and classic design from around the world. From home design elements and jewelry to building kits and books, you’ll find gifts that combine function and beauty for every person...

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Paint Chip Display

Collections Highlight: Paint Chip Sample Display

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar We are used to seeing curators and collections staff in museums wearing gloves whenever they handle artifacts. These gloves serve many purposes, including protecting artifacts from the dirt and oils on our hands. At the Museum we avoid using the...

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Rendering of the Capitol Crossing project looking south; image courtesy of Property Group Partners.

Found Ground Series: Reclaiming Urban Spaces

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

By Patrick Kraich, Public Programs Coordinator The Museum’s Found Ground series was inspired by a major construction project in our own backyard. It’s hard to miss the Capitol Crossing project, which spans 3 city blocks and when complete will add 2.2 million square feet of office,...

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