Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, October 2 for a special preview of an inspiring new documentary coming to PBS. Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts focuses on the artisans who bring enduring beauty to our built environment through their skill, creativity, and pride. Some of the artisans...

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Return From the Hunt; Washington National Cathedral Construction Archives Collection.

Collections Highlight: Man’s Best Friend

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Since Washington, D.C. is feeling the dog days of summer, we decided to showcase some of the good boys found in the National Building Museum’s permanent collection. Architectural Toy Collection Dogs make many appearances in our Architectural Toy Collection, on blocks or as playing pieces...

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Photo by Paul Santomenna

What Can I Do About Housing Instability in My Community?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Whether or not you are affected by housing instability, there are actions you can take to improve your situation and our communities overall.  The low-income rental housing crisis affects more than 11 million people throughout the United States. Minimum wage doesn’t cover the rent for...

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Evicted Exhibition

Curator Insights on Evicted

Monday, July 30, 2018

By Sarah A. Leavitt The Evicted exhibition is designed to introduce our visitors to an important and underreported topic: low-income renter eviction. We worked with sociologist Matthew Desmond, an architecture firm, Matter Architecture Practice, a radio producer, Unfurl, and a graphic design firm, mgmt., to present...

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Secret Cities Radiation Dosage Chart

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It goes without saying that building the atomic bomb in the “Secret Cities” of the Manhattan Project involved working with high levels of radioactivity. At that time, the risks of radiation exposure were not as understood as they are today. Even now, there are debates...

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