The National Building Museum’s exhibitions are temporarily closed until March 2020.
The Museum Shop remains open daily, Mon–Sat 10 am–5 pm | Sun 11 am–5 pm


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

Rosemary Grant
Digital Marketing Manager
202.272.2448, ext. 3402

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 to receive Alan Karchmer photography collection

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Celebrated architectural photographer bequeaths entire archive   WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the National Building Museum announced that Alan Karchmer, prominent architectural photographer, has promised his collected body of work as a gift to the Museum. The Alan Karchmer and Sandra Benedum Photographic Archive will include all works...

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Spotlight on Design now free for students

Thursday, January 3, 2019

National Building Museum’s premier lecture series opens the year with ZGF Architects on January 28 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will offer free admission for students to its premiere lecture series, Spotlight on Design. The 2019 Spotlight on Design programs begin on Monday, January 28...

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Public school playground, Sedona, Arizona; 2009. All images © Bill Bamberger.

National Building Museum to open HOOPS

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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 documenting private and community basketball courts around the country and abroad. Hauntingly devoid...

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National Building Museum Hosts Architecture & Design Film Festival in D.C.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Nation’s Largest Film Festival Devoted to Architecture and Design returns to Museum in February 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will once again partner with the Architecture & Design Film Festival to produce the festival in Washington, D.C. (ADFF: D.C.), presented with the Revada Foundation....

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