Free Hands-on Community Day for the Whole Family
The Big Build, a free drop-in, hands-on community day
Architects, designers, builders, artisans, contractors, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields demonstrating their expertise
Joshua David Stein, author, Brick Who Found Herself in Architecture
Saturday, October 13, 10 am–4 pm
Program is free and drop-in; all ages welcome.
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Families are invited to be builders for the day at the Big Build at the National Building Museum. All ages can discover what it’s like to don a hard hat, pour cement, spackle a wall, and much more as you work side-by-side with experts. Meet contractors, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies.
This year you can:
- Explore real construction vehicles
- Pour cement
- Discover the inner workings of elevators
- Illuminate lights and learn about electricity
- Explore home remodeling
- Try augmented reality
- Join author Joshua David Stein for a special story time and activity featuring his new book, Brick Who Found Herself in Architecture
- Visit Museum exhibitions
The Big Build is generously supported by Associated General Contractors of America; Finishing Trades
Institute; HITT Contracting; WETA Kids; Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund; Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust; LafargeHolcim; Electrical Alliance; Independent Electrical Contractors; Local No. 10 International Union of Elevator Constructors; National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying; and Wagner Roofing.
Images from previous Big Build community days are available here. Crediting information is available in the filename.
The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. We believe that understanding the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, and design is important for all ages. Through exhibitions and educational programs, we show how the built world has power to shape our lives, communities, and futures. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Photo: Photo by Emily Clack Photography.