DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM IS CLOSED, AND ALL PUBLIC PROGRAMMING HAS BEEN CANCELED THROUGH THE END OF MAY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUR REOPENING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Collection Highlights: The Seismichrone

Friday, November 22, 2019

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar An interesting and rare device was recently donated to the Museum’s permanent collection.  The Seismichrone was developed, manufactured and sold by local inventor and engineer, Charles A. Wall.  He designed the device for use by engineers and contractors who needed to...

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Pension Building Timeline, 1881–1980

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Museum exhibitions close to the public from December 2, 2019 to March 2020 to safely replace its concrete floor with a modern foundation—with the overall goal of preserving the integrity of the building. We invite our Members and visitors to follow the process online...

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National Building Museum to Temporarily Close for Great Hall Repairs

Friday, October 4, 2019

Construction is scheduled December 2 to March 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. On December 2, 2019 the National Building Museum will close to the public to begin necessary repairs in its historic Great Hall. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will oversee the extensive project to replace...

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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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