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Behind the Scenes: Packing up the 20th Century Souvenir Buildings Collection

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Grand California Tour By Nancy Bateman, Registrar Last month the National Building Museum’s collections department staff and volunteers spent ten days in California packing up our newest donation: the 3,069-piece 20th Century Souvenir Buildings Collection, donated by David Weingarten. It was a herculean task...

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Thoughts on Notre Dame

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The National Building Museum staff, like the world, looked upon in horror at the tragedy that befell Notre Dame on Monday, April 15. Our mission is to inspire curiosity about the built world, and there are few buildings—if any—that have inspired more generations of people...

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Collections Highlight: Bishop’s Garden

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar The Collections Department getting in the spirit of springtime with this playful illustration in our Washington National Cathedral Collection. Noted illustrator Grace Norcross Fisher designed this whimsical guide for the Bishop’s Garden, which includes a list of “Interesting Plantings” which...

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Explore the Evicted Notecards, Written By Visitors – Part 2

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Join us for Community Conversation: Facing Eviction through Compassionate Action (Double Session) April 10. Learn more. Community Conversation: Facing Eviction through Compassionate Action (Single Session) April 29. Learn more. The Museum is reaching the final months of Evicted before it closes and begins traveling, starting...

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Collections Highlight: Dance of Dragons

Monday, March 25, 2019

With our upcoming Animals, Collected exhibition and Game of Thrones returning in April, we went on a dragon hunt to spot some flying creatures in our collections. Dragons are found in art and architecture around the world, symbolizing a range of themes and ideas, including...

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