Press requests for information, images, interview opportunities, and phototography or video appointments may be directed to the Museum’s 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 April 9 Reopening

Monday, March 29, 2021

Three New Exhibitions, a Welcoming Visitor Center, and the Beloved Museum Shop Available to All, Fridays Through Sundays WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, April 9, 2021, the National Building Museum will reopen after a 16-month closure due to restoration work and the COVID-19 pandemic. In its 41st...

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Photographer Alan Karchmer in American Way Magazine

Monday, February 8, 2021

How does architectural photographer Alan Karchmer approach capturing buildings and spaces with his camera? “I try to bring the viewer into the image,” he says in this February 2021 American Way magazine article. Read a PDF of the article here. Karchmer is the subject of a...

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National Building Museum Announces Interim Executive Director

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Brent D. Glass, former head of the National Museum of American History, to lead institution through early 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum is pleased to announce that Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, has joined the institution...

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April 25, 2020: José, wearing protective gear and controlling entry to the H F Dollar & Up Fruits & Vegetables store, 61-27 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, New York. © Camilo José Vergara

National Building Museum Presents “Documenting Crossroads: The New Normal”

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Online exhibition showcases the second part of Camilo José Vergara’s ongoing documentation of urban spaces and people’s behavior during the pandemic WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum is proud to present “Documenting Crossroads: The New Normal.” This online-only photography exhibition presents the work of renowned urban...

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