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National Building Museum

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The National Building Museum tells the stories of the world we design and build. We’re one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C. The Museum offers something for everyone, from children to design buffs to building...more
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401 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2637
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-272-2448
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1 - 10 of 589 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't have a lot of time, but decided to go to this museum. It is a public/private partnership so there is a charge but you can walk around the building for free and some of the exhibits are free. The free exhibit was "Evicted"...More

Thank swerdmama
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure it is worth the price of admission, unless you want to see where the Inaugural Ball took place. It is a beautiful building, but had limited exhibits, poor signage and not so helpful staff. Spend your time more wisely at another museum or...More

Thank Tommi H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As two senior citizens we probably did not enjoy this building as much as those with younger kids. The only exhibit that was interesting was the one about the secret towns that were established during the second world war. It cost $7 for AARP members...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience was that the exhibits were either appealing to adults or young children. It feels like a museum that you’d come to see special exhibits but the rest is pretty meh. They don’t have very engaging signage or communication in the exhibits. Nothing interactive....More

Thank BrittanyB1198
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The permanent exhibits here range from rather humdrum to truly evocative. The touring/special exhibits are a lot more interesting. Not a museum of the Smithsonian Institution, so there is an admission fee to pay. Still not bad for a few hours of time and the...More

Thank Ray Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a marvellous time we had in this museum! So much to do, so much to learn, so much to enjoy! The second we entered the fun house with our timed tickets to the last moment when we were gently ushered out..just one word says...More

Thank Vegetarian101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting and a bit quirky museum. Interesting presentation on the history of American homes and another exhibit on eviction that was both moving and thought provoking. Most of the rest of the museum was for families with children--ours our grown but the ones...More

1  Thank BGSCT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in the Washington area, and I am very fond of the Building Museum. However, the Fun House is a dud. It is pretty much a giant styrofoam house with Ikea furnishings, hiding under the pretentious claim of being a marriage of art and...More

1  Thank travelingmom2674
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

To enter the Museum there is a part in the muSeum called The Fun house and you need to purchase a ticket witch is fun and nice for people who loves taking photos and for younger kids or teens to play with the white balls...More

Thank Zezekhalil
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the museum to experience the temporary exhibit "Fun House" and we really enjoyed that activity, but we were equally impressed by the other exhibits. "Fun House" had two ball pits shaped like pools which children, teens, and adults enjoy. There was also a...More

Thank Jennifer S
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