The National Building Museum’s exhibitions are temporarily closed until March 2020.
The Museum Shop remains open Mon–Sat 10 am–5 pm.

Everyday Preservation Activities in Collections Storage

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

By Nancy Bateman and Laura Hicken, Registrars The main goal of the collections department at the National Building Museum is to help preserve our artifact collections so they can be researched, exhibited and available for generations to come. The majority of our preservation efforts involve...

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Stranger Collections at the Museum

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Museum’s collections contain approximately 76,000 photographic images, 103,000 architectural prints and drawings, over 100 linear feet of documents, and over 10,000 objects, including material samples, architectural fragments. We asked the collections staff to name some of our more unusual objects. Gargoyle Silver Tea Set...

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MUSEUM SHOP GUIDE

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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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Notable Alleys in DC

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

On September 15 join Chinatown resident and historian Jack Lee on a walking tour of the alleys and parking lots where he and his friends played sports, watching the district grow and change through the 1960’s. Before touring Chinatown’s alleys and hoops, check out other...

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SWA: Resiliency Highlights

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Landscape architecture planning and urban design firm SWA works globally while aiding communities grappling with sea level rise, climate change, population growth, and emerging transportation alternatives. In September’s Spotlight on Design, the firm presents the creative and multi-scale project solutions for Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park...

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