Summer Camp

RISING 4th & 5TH GRADERS

Camp hours are Monday through Friday 9 am–3 pm. Early drop off (included) is 8:30–9 am. Optional Extended Care is 3–5:30 pm (additional fees apply).

Programs – Registration opens to Museum members on January 7, 2019 at 10 am. A family-level membership or higher is required to receive summer camp benefits and discounts. General registration opens on January 21. A non-refundable $100 deposit per camper, per program is required to secure your child’s space at camp. Museum Members must login to see available camps.

Design INside sold out
JULY 8-12

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Interior designers are an important part of the built environment. They make inside spaces look and feel good. Spend 5 days learning the ins and outs of interior design. Create a mood board for a room that you would like to design. Learn about lighting, textiles, and furniture, and even build a chair entirely out of cardboard! Plan a room for a client that meets their needs and your own design sensibilities, then make a model to take home. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.

Summer Stunner sold out
JULY 15-19

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Every summer, the National Building Museum builds an interactive installation in the Great Hall. Learn how the Museum works with artists and architects to design these creations fit for the Great Hall, and then become the architect! Hold a client meeting with Museum staff and create drawings and models for the summer installation of your dreams. What do you think would be fun in the Great Hall? Revisit installations from the past: design a mini golf course for you and your friends to play, create a mini Maze like the one designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, and challenge yourself to engineer a dome like Studio Gang’s Hive. Finally, explore the 2019 summer installation (we’ll announce this soon!) with your own VIP party. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.

Cardboard craze sold out
JULY 22-26

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Think like an engineer while learning about different types of structures and forces. Discover the pros and cons of cardboard as a building material and then put your engineering skills to the test through various building challenges. Design and build a chair completely out of cardboard, then build a dome and have a party with your friends. At the end of the week, work together in groups to turn your camp classroom into a giant fort. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.

ROADS, RAILS, AND RIVERS sold out
JULY 29- AUGUST 2

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Transportation is key this week. Learn how city planners design transportation systems to get everyone where they need to be and meet professionals who have made trains, bicycles, and roads their job. Explore the different transportation options we have in Washington, D.C. through projects, engineering challenges, and visiting the real thing! Learn about Metro and the Streetcar by taking the red line to Union Station, then zipping up the Streetcar line and back. Work to redesign D.C.’s transportation system by creating your own drawings, models, and maps of what you envision as the future. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall and includes some offsite trips.

World architecture sold out 
AUGUST 5-9

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Explore Greek and Roman structures like the Parthenon and Palazzo Farnese. Explore domes in Russia, arches in France, and houses in South Africa. Learn about some of the most famous modern buildings in countries like Spain, China, and England. As you “travel,” you will participate in activities, stories, and challenges related to the countries you visit. Learn how global architecture influences buildings in Washington, D.C., then design your own building with influences from your favorite country. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall and includes some offsite trips.

brick by brick sold out
AUGUST 12-16

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Experience the world of architecture through play. Using thousands of LEGO bricks, spend the week learning professional building techniques and participating in design challenges. Recreate famous buildings with LEGO, engineer zip lines and rollercoasters, and experiment with the LEGO architecture studio kits. End the week by creating your own Brickfilm, a stop motion animation using bricks and other toys. In small teams, write a story for your film, design and build your set, and record your final product. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.