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A Warm Welcome to the Petite Princess Collection

Friday, August 9, 2019

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar “The fulfillment of every girl’s dream. Here, at last are beautifully detailed, hand crafted furniture and accessories to fill many hours of fanciful play. Collect it – play with it – make room arrangements to capture the fancy of any Petite Princess.” –...

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Space in our Collections

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969 commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle. In commemorating Apollo 11’s anniversary we looked into our Museum Collections to see where architecture intersects with the stars. Paper Models Collection, Gift of...

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Getting Organized Day 1

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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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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Collections Highlight: Stained Glass

Friday, March 1, 2019

By Laura Hicken, assistant registrar When visitors to the National Building Museum learn of the more than 130,000 architectural drawings in our permanent collection, they frequently think of blueprints and other technical drawings. They’re not wrong: we definitely have a soft spot for our thousands...

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