Museum and Museum Shop Hours of Operation: Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 4 pm

Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Visits to the Great Hall and our award winning Museum Shop are always free.

Advance-purchase tickets are suggested, but not required. Same-day, walk-up tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center whenever you choose to visit us during operating hours.

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Complimentary Admissions:

Museums for All

Museums for All is a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The Museum offers free general admission to individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. One person per group needs to present the identifying information, and that will cover up to 3 additional individuals.

Blue Star Museums 

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The 2024 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2024 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2024. To gain free general admission, one person per group needs to present the identifying information (military or dependent identification card), and that will cover up to five additional individuals.

Visiting the Museum from out of town?

We are pleased to provide our out of town visitors with a room discount thanks to a partnership with the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Use the code Cr180064 when booking your stay.


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.


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. Alternatively, you can take the Yellow/Green/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 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.


We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Building Museum SpotHero Parking Page.

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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