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.
Parties are unavailable on the following dates:
• Saturday, April 4
• Saturday, April 25
• Sunday, April 26
• Saturday, May 16
Join our mailing list for the most up-to-date information; 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.
Each 2-hour party includes free play, a building activity facilitated by a museum teacher, thematic party hats for participating guests, a special gift for the birthday child, and complementary Museum exhibition admission for your guests. Food and beverage is not included in the fee nor provided by the Museum.
Saturday parties are 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Sunday parties take place from 1-3 pm.
20 children, plus adults.
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.
$350 initial deposit for the first 15 children
$15/child for any additional participating child guest, up to maximum of 20 children
Parents are welcome to stay and participate in the birthday party with their children at no additional fee.
Add on a National Building Museum builder-themed goodie bag for $5/bag. Goodie bags will include an assortment of age-appropriate items from the Museum shop.
Before booking, we encourage you to review How to Book a Party. Then, follow the steps below to reserve your party date!
- Sign in to your member account.
- Visit the birthday party store.
- Follow prompts to reserve and purchase your party date.
- After purchasing your party date, add on extra party participants and/or Museum goodie bags (if applicable, can also be added later).
- You will be contacted by Museum staff two-weeks prior to your party to finalize party details.
Not a member but interested in booking a party? Contact our membership department during business hours to become a member and book your party at 202.272.2448.
Parties must be paid for at time of registration.
To be eligible for a refund or to reschedule a birthday party, the Museum must receive a written request no later than three weeks prior to the confirmed party date. If a party is cancelled due to inclement weather, the Museum will reschedule the program or provide a full refund.
Decorations and Equipment
You may hang decorations with removable tape. Balloons and piñatas are not permitted. The birthday party host is given 30 minutes prior to the party for set up.
The Museum provides up to six 5-foot round tables and chairs. Please bring your own table coverings.
The National Building Museum does not provide party food. Refreshments such as snacks, drinks, and birthday cake are allowed, and must be brought by the birthday family. The birthday family is responsible for plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. Food cannot be delivered to the National Building Museum; any catering must be picked up at the restaurant. We do not offer a refrigerator, but you are welcome to bring a cooler/ice. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Check out Firehook Cafe’s menu for on-site catering options.
Younger siblings are welcome to attend with no participation, at no cost. Party and craft materials are only provided for the number of paid participants.
How will my guests know where to go?
Ask that your guests check in at the Museum’s Information Desk upon their arrival. Staff will direct them to the correct classroom.
The birthday family receives one parking permit to park in the Museum parking lot on the 4th Street NW side of the building. Please note that our parking lot is first come, first parked, and thus we cannot guarantee parking in our lot even with a parking pass.
After parking in the lot, enter the museum through the 4th Street/Employee entrance, then meet the Museum Teacher at the 4th Street Security Guard’s Desk where you can pick up your permit. Place the permit on the dashboard in your car.
The birthday party program will last two hours and include:
(30 minute set up prior to the party)
30 minute welcome activity and story time
45 minute building activity
45 minute period for birthday celebration (led by birthday family).
If you don’t have an accurate guest count until the day of the party you may pay for additional children on the day of the party. A staff person will contact you to confirm the party and answer any last questions. At that time, you will be asked to provide an estimate of how many children will attend.