The National Building Museum’s exhibitions are temporarily closed and will reopen on March 13, 2020.
The Museum Shop remains open Mon–Sat 10 am–5 pm.



National Building Museum reopens March 13, 2020 after Great Hall renovations

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New exhibition Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer kicks off 40th anniversary year WASHINGTON, D.C.—On March 13, 2020, the National Building Museum will reopen to the public following the completion of renovations to the historic Great Hall. The three-month-long project involved replacing the concrete floor with...

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National Building Museum to open Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New exhibition examines intersection of artistic and architectural vision WASHINGTON, D.C.—Beginning March 13, the National Building Museum presents Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer, a new exhibition examining the work of a prominent photographer as well as the practice of architectural photography writ large. On display...

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Update: Construction of the Great Hall

Friday, December 13, 2019

What’s Going On in the Great Hall? Here’s our update on the National Building Museum Great Hall floor repairs.The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is currently overseeing the extensive project to replace the current concrete floor with a modern foundation, ensuring the long-term preservation of...

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Museum Shop Wish Book

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The National Building Museum’s award-winning Museum Shop features a wide selection of gifts inspired by architecture and classic design from around the world. From home design elements and jewelry to building kits and books, you’ll find gifts that combine function and beauty for every person...

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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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