The National Building Museum encourages families to discover architecture, design, and engineering in fun and interactive ways.
Check the calendar for upcoming events. You can also visit the Information Desk at the Museum to learn about activities happening on the day you visit.
Click here for general visitor information, including Museum hours and ticket cost.
See instructions on entering the building with a stroller. Stroller parking is located near Firehook Café on the first floor. Availability is first come-first serve. Please know that the space is not monitored by Museum staff and the Museum is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items.
Nursing and Bottle Feeding
The Museum is providing a Lactation Lounge in room 105, located near Firehook Café on the first floor. This quiet space is to be used only for the purposes of nursing, pumping, and bottle feeding, and only nursing parents and their young children requiring supervision are permitted to enter. You are also welcome to nurse and bottle feed your child anywhere in the Museum that you feel comfortable. Café tables and seating are located along the second floor hallways.
There are changing stations available in all restrooms on the first and second floors.
Do and Discover
Do and Discover programs are free drop-in activities, based on volunteer availability. Check at the information desk for what is available.
Visitors of all ages can participate in drawing, close-looking, and building activities related to the Summer Block Party installation, Lawn.
Children age 5 and under can try exploratory activities related to favorite toys in the Building Zone. Young learners practice problem-solving skills while rolling objects down ramps or using toy trucks to transport materials.
Check the calendar for upcoming programs.
The Big Build
Experience a hands-on festival of tools, trucks, construction, and design.
Save the Date: October 12, 2019
Discover Engineering Family Day
Kickoff Discover Engineers Week with activities in the national capital area. Try out exciting, hands-on engineering experiences and talking with professional engineers of all kinds.
Coming Spring 2020
Tiny Tinkerers (ages 3 and up)
Practice fine motor skills with your young learner as you learn together about tool safety, practice using the tool, and listen to a related story to build literacy and language skills.
Story Time with DC Public Library (age 5 and under)
Explore books and the built world in everyday life with DC Public Librarians.
Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30 am, October through April
Building Connections (age 5 and under)
Discover the world we build through movement, play, and hands-on exploration.
Offered most months on the first Sunday and Wednesday. See calendar for specific dates.
Explore topics in the built environment through art, building activities, and special field trips for campers.
Summer Camp Registration will open for Museum Members (Family-level or higher) on January 7, 2019 at 10 am and for the general public on January 21, 2019. Each program is $350 for Members, $450 for Non-Members, and $75 for Extended Care. A non-refundable $100 deposit per camper, per program will be required to secure your child’s space at camp.
All programs for rising 2nd and 3rd graders are sold out. Please email email@example.com to inquire about the wait-list for a specific program.
Provide an unforgettable birthday experience for your children and their friends. A Family-level membership level or higher is required to book a party.
Birthday parties include two hours of facilitated celebration time, thematic party hats, and Museum admission for your guests. Parties are for children ages 3-11. Choose from three themes, which can be adapted based upon the age of participants.
All Aboard Train Construction
Become a train engineer for the day as you investigate all kinds of trains, then design and construct your own from a variety of craft materials.
Put on your construction hats and explore architecture and design as you construct your own cityscape using thousands of LEGO® bricks. Choose between standard bricks or Duplo, based on the age of the birthday child.
Castles and Crowns
Have a royally fun time exploring the enchanting world of castles, dragons, kings, and queens as you build your dream castle complete with towers, gems, or even a drawbridge.
Family programs are generously supported by: The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for all education programs at the National Building Museum.