The National Building Museum’s exhibitions are temporarily closed until March 2020.
The Museum Shop remains open Mon–Sat 10 am–5 pm.

Summer Camp



Spend your summer at the National Building Museum! Explore the world we design and build through hands-on activities, projects, and field trips. Each summer camp session enrolls 16-18 campers, with two Museum Teachers per session. Summer Camp programs are one week long – sign up for one week or multiple!

For more information, please read our Summer Camp FAQs.  or visit our camp page.

Building Home – July 6–10

What does your dream home look like? Learn architecture and building basics, use mood boards, hand drawing techniques, and modeling materials. Explore how contemporary architects use WELL Building Standards and other green practices to make buildings sustainable. Then, design, and build a model of your own dream home. Decide what exciting, inventive, or unusual elements to include!

City Planners – July 13–17

Get hands-on with the basics of city planning to learn about the urban environment of Washington, DC. Investigate how city planners design transportation systems to get everyone where they need to be. Explore the engineering principles of bridges and skyscrapers by making your own models as a team. Learn about how public art works for and with local communities. What do you do think a city needs?

Cardboard Challenge – July 20–24

Think like an engineer to make & innovate, 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 build life-size structures.