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News Releases

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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Elizabeth K. Meyer named 19th Laureate of Vincent Scully Prize

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

University of Virginia professor to accept during public program at the National Building Museum WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will present the 2019 Vincent Scully Prize to Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School...

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Remembering César Pelli at the Museum

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

We were saddened to hear of the death of César Pelli at 92. Pelli left an indelible mark on the Museum over the years. Here is a drawing he made of our building, which hangs in one of our meeting spaces and was featured in...

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The Future of Disaster Recovery

Friday, May 10, 2019

SBP, a disaster resilience and recovery nonprofit, shares its approach to disasters using private industry innovations and organizational culture WHAT A talk and book signing with SBP (formerly Saint Bernard Project), a disaster recovery organization whose mission is to shrink the time between disaster and...

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NPR’s Joshua Johnson to emcee National Building Museum gala

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On May 29, JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative will receive 2019 Honor Award WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will present its Honor Award to JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative at its annual gala on Wednesday, May 29. Joshua Johnson, host of NPR’s 1A,...

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National Building Museum and Rockwell Group present Lawn

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 Summer Block Party Installation opens July 4 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will partner with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the 2019 Summer Block Party installation. Lawn will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and...

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National Building Museum announces 20th Century Souvenir Buildings Collection

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

David Weingarten donates over 3,000 objects collected over 40 years WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the National Building Museum announced the donation of over 3,000 souvenir buildings from the collection of David Weingarten. Amassed over 40 years and representing buildings from over 60 countries, the 20th Century Souvenir...

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