The Museum remains open with regular hours during the government shutdown.
Federal employees receive free admission by showing their federal badges at the admissions desk.



The National Building Museum’s permanent collection illuminates the building process and documents changing architectural styles and construction techniques. The current collections contain approximately 100,000 photographic images and negatives, 130,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents, and over 20,000 objects, including material samples, building fragments, and architectural toys.

Collections are not on view to the public and are only available via the research request below.


Donate an Item Research and Reproduction Request

The National Building Museum collection is available for research by appointment only.

Donate an Item Research and Reproduction Request

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