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


Press requests for information, images, interview opportunities, and photo/video shoot appointments can be directed to the Marketing & Communications Department.

Photography is allowed and encouraged in the Great Hall and public spaces of the National Building Museum for non-commercial purposes. Exhibitions are subject to photography restrictions and require a ticket. Additional equipment, like lighting and tripods, must be approved by staff in advance. Please note that the Museum is often the site for special events and may be obstructed with event setup.

News Releases

National Building Museum announces 2019 Honor Awardees

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

On May 29, JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative will be honored at annual gala   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. Matt Kelly, CEO, JBG...

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National Building Museum exhibition Evicted will travel across the country

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Immersive installation inspired by Matthew Desmond’s groundbreaking research opens in Milwaukee in June 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum’s exhibition Evicted will travel across the country. With ten venues planned and more to be announced, Evicted will open in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Mobile Design...

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National Building Museum to open HOOPS

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New exhibition celebrates the power of basketball to transcend place and build community WASHINGTON, D.C.—On March 9, 2019, the National Building Museum opens HOOPS, a new exhibition of photographer Bill Bamberger’s work capturing private and community basketball courts around the country and abroad. Hauntingly devoid...

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