The National Building Museum is closed until further notice.

The Museum Shop website is always open for your convenience:



Architect and exhibition designer Wendy Evans Joseph provides an early look at the National Building Museum’s new Visitor Center. The three-gallery space includes a ticketing desk and information room, which features a wall of artifacts from our permanent collection, as well as two installations that showcase the importance of the built environment. The Visitor Center will be available to experience when the Museum reopens in 2021.



Due to Covid-19, new safety procedures and guidelines are in place to provide a safe and pleasant experience for visitors and for staff.

Face Covering or Mask Required.
Visitors age 6 and older are required to wear face coverings at all times. Face coverings are also strongly recommended for visitors between the ages of 2 and 6, per CDC guidelines.

Maintain a Safe Social Distance.
Please keep a safe distance of 6 feet or more from other people. There will be social-distancing signage and directions throughout the Museum and the Shop.

Wash or Sanitize Hands.
Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the building, including the Shop. We are also conducting more-frequent and enhanced cleaning.

Do Not Enter If Ill.
We are asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home.

Thank you for your cooperation!



401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


Metro: The Museum is located across the street from the Judiciary Square station on Metro’s Red Line. Alternatively, take the Yellow, Green, or Red Lines to the Gallery Place/Chinatown station and walk two blocks to the Museum.

Metrobus: Three Metrobus routes have stops located near the Museum: D6, 80, and X2.

Capital Bikeshare: The closest bike stations to the Museum are located at 5th and F Streets NW; 7th and F Streets NW; and 4th and D Streets NW.

Driving and Parking

Parking is challenging near the Museum, and we recommend using public transportation whenever possible. For those who plan to drive, we have partnered with SpotHero to help visitors find and purchase guaranteed parking at many convenient locations in the area.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Building Museum SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Once purchased, parking for the National Building Museum is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up, often at exclusive discounts. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever.

Additionally, metered parking is located on 5th, F, and G Streets NW (please check meters carefully for hours of operation).

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