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“Unique building with lots to see”

National Building Museum
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Ranked #98 of 466 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: 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 professionals. Learn about the Museum’s historic home during a free docent-led tour, offered daily. Docents also lead tours of exhibitions. Our 75-foot Corinthian columns are the country’s tallest.
Reviewed 2 June 2014

If you are visiting DC on a very hot, and humid day this place is a fun place to cool off. They have a indoor miniature golf course that is really fun and very cool. The building itself is a neat place to explore. It was originally built as a office for War Veterans to come to sign up for their pensions.

The steps up to the upper floors were built to accommodate horses and mules to take up veterans who could not manage the steps. And the exterior has some wonderful carvings to see.

It is a neat place to explore and just sit and take in the atmosphere and relax.

1  Thank Chestersdrivers
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

If you're in the neighborhood (and there's plenty of other museums in this neighborhood), stop by and admire the stonework on the outside of the building and the gorgeous interior. It's free to go inside and look at the great hall (an Inaugral Ball site) and they have an interesting gift shop as well. There is an admission charge if you want to see special exhibits.

Thank coolcarm
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I attended a business award dinner at the museum, involving two U.S. senators as speakers among others, and the soaring space takes your breath away. The museum also presents exhibitions of general interest to visitors.

Thank PeterAL10
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

While the Building Museum is a bit out of the way at the East end of Chinatown, it consistently has some of the best exhibits in DC. Although the quality and depth of the different exhibits vary a lot, this is the only museum in DC where I can regularly be wowed by some of their exhibits. Highlights have included Mockbee and the Rural Studio, Liquid Stone, "architecture" mini golf (though that's always jam packed), Play Work Build (for kids), and Designing for Disaster.

One of the best things I've ever done in DC is take the building tour of the Building Museum. The building itself is fascinating (formerly the pension building after the civil war) and beautiful. Take the tour and learn about why there are three bricks missing below each window and how many tons of bricks are inside each giant, marbleized column in the great hall!

This is a museum where you'll have to read things. If you don't want to read anything and just look at pretty pictures, this is probably not the museum for you. It does, however, have the best gift store in town if you/your friends/family like designy stuff. Members get a discount, so support this (non-smithsonian) museum today!

Thank Sarah O
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great for families with small children for the endless amounts of space in the main atrium. They have various other exhibits for older kids and adults, but on a hot day, this is a must for a relaxing break with little kids. Beautiful building on the inside and a small bakery for snacks and food.

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