National Building Museum

401 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001- Map It
(202) 272-2448

AAA Editor Notes

National Building Museum is at 401 F St. N.W. between 4th and 5th sts. N.W. Housed in a massive brick building, its rotating exhibits examine various aspects of building construction, including architecture, design, engineering, construction and urban planning. Permanent exhibits include House & Home, Play Work Build and Building Zone. The dramatic Great Hall, site of presidential inaugural balls, has 75-foot-tall brick Corinthian columns. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
Great Hall and building tour free. Exhibits $10; $7 (ages 3-17 and 60+ and students with ID).
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5. Guided 45-minute building tours are given daily at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 when docents are available; phone ahead to confirm schedule. Other tours are offered; check the website for details. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and occasionally for special events.