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



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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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Pension Building Timeline, 1881–1980

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Museum exhibitions close to the public from December 2, 2019 to March 2020 to safely replace its concrete floor with a modern foundation—with the overall goal of preserving the integrity of the building. We invite our Members and visitors to follow the process online...

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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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Everyday Preservation Activities in Collections Storage

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

By Nancy Bateman and Laura Hicken, Registrars The main goal of the collections department at the National Building Museum is to help preserve our artifact collections so they can be researched, exhibited and available for generations to come. The majority of our preservation efforts involve...

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