July 4-September 2, 2019

The Museum is partnering with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the 2019 Summer Block Party installation. Lawn will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and offer interactive experiences for all ages.

Lawn allows guests to unwind with quintessential summer activities while connecting to the design of the Museum.

It features a vast, sloping green space built on a scaffolding superstructure. Visitors purchase tickets at a reception area that features a building-scale mural of the sky, containing a dimensional title treatment set against a pixelated cloudscape made up of classic summertime iconography.

Rendering by the LAB at Rockwell Group.

Guests are directed towards a pathway running alongside the scaffolding, leading to a gently sloping trail that will bring visitors to the base of the lawn.

Visitors are met with a green expanse, set on a graceful incline and dotted with clusters of communal lounging areas. The centerpiece of these lounging areas are interactive hammocks suspended from the 100-foot-tall ceiling grid. The hammocks contain hidden speakers programmed with pre-recorded audio from prominent American storytellers, sharing summertime memories. At the top of the lawn is a scaffolding tower that reaches the height of the Museum’s third floor, offering never-before-seen views of the Great Hall, column capitals, and sculptural busts lining the roof.

Lawn itself will be programmed and activated throughout the day with summer entertainment and activities, including movie nights, yoga, and meditation.

Rendering by the LAB at Rockwell Group.
Rendering by the LAB at Rockwell Group.

By creating custom software, the LAB has also developed an Augmented Reality game for kids and adults to chase and collect fireflies throughout the lawn, allowing them to be released back into the space at the end.


Tickets for Lawn will include admission to all other current National Building Museum exhibitions:

Free: National Building Museum Members. Join today.
$16: Adult
$13: Youth/Student with ID/Senior/AARP member
$10: Blue Star Military Adult

Free passes will be available online for members on June 18; general admission will be available for advance purchase starting June 25. A limited quantity of tickets will be available on site each day.

Tickets for Late Nights and special programs are sold separately and are not included in general admission.


Lawn, presented with:










With additional support from:

Chemetal          DPR          DWR

Gouda               Loll          Sennova

Shaw                 Yessian