Hours of Operation: Friday–Sunday, 11am–4 pm
Please note that PLAY WORK BUILD remains temporarily closed.
Tickets may also be purchased at our new Visitor Center (ground floor, across from the Museum Shop).
Print your own Museum Guide before you visit: download the PDF.
Access to the Museum is through the building’s 5th Street and G Street entrances. The F Street doorway remains locked, as a temporary COVID testing site fills that stretch of the street. Metro’s Judiciary Square F Street access point is open; however, visitors arriving there will have to enter the Museum by 5th Street.
Architect and exhibition designer Wendy Evans Joseph provides an early look at the 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. Recorded December 2020.
COVID SAFETY RULES
Safety procedures and guidelines are in place to provide a safe and pleasant experience for visitors and for Museum 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 Museum Shop.
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 (Red Line) station’s F Street NW entrance. Because of the temporary COVID testing site there, the F Street entrance is locked, and visitors will have to enter the Museum by 5th Street.
Alternatively, take the Yellow, Green, or Red lines to the Gallery Place-Chinatown station and walk two blocks east 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 (please check meters carefully for hours of operation).