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.
The Museum entrance on the G Street side of the building is stroller accessible. Elevators are available and go to all floors. All visitors entering the Museum must pass through security. To make the process easier, try to have bags out and open before you get to the security desk.
Nursing and Bottle Feeding
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.
Through the fall, early learners can learn about the world we design and build through whole-body explorations and active play.
Check the calendar for upcoming programs.
The Big Build
Experience a hands-on festival of tools, trucks, construction, and design.
Save the Date: October 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, September 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.
Spend your summer at the National Building Museum! Explore the world we design and build through hands-on activities, projects, and field trips.
Build a bridge from cardboard and test its strength with your own weight. Learn about famous architects from around the world. Write, direct, and edit your own stop-motion animation film with LEGO. Draw inspiration from the built environment to imagine, design, and build your own models.
Summer Camp is offered for students entering 2nd through 7th grades in the 2020-2021 school year. National Building Museum Summer Camp sessions will begin on July 6 and run through August 14, 2020.
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The National Building Museum is temporarily closed for Great Hall repairs from December 2, 2019 to March 2020. As the Museum is closed to the public, birthday parties are unavailable during this time.
Parties for April, May, and June will go on sale on Tuesday, February 25 at 10 am EST – you must be a Museum Member at the Family level or above to purchase.
Join our mailing list for the most up-to-date information directly to your inbox; current Members will receive a save-the-date email on February 18.
Questions about membership? Please email the Membership department or call 202.272.2448.
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.