National Building Museum

Museum, Historic Site
401 F St NW (at 5th St. NW)
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 5:00pm


  • I absolutely love the bldg!
  • This building has one of the best interior rooms in DC, if not the country. Anyone interested in the architecture of Washington DC should visit.
  • The Building Zone play area is open every day for mini-architects to come in and create.Powered by
  • Great place to take toddlers when the weather is bad. Huge indoor area to run around and a fantastic kids play area.
  • Hidden museum gem in DC. One of most beautiful museum buildings I've been to. There is a small fee, but well worth the admission. In fact, its better than some of the other free Smithsonian museums.
  • #CherryBlossoms: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony is at the National Building Museum March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It's free!
  • Great gift shop with a very interesting selection of. Architecture and Design books.
  • For all ages - free admission if you want to just check out the gorgeous space/structure.
  • You gotta get some marble columns!
  • You've gotta get yourself some marble columns!
  • It was awesome. Kids love this place and never want to leave!
  • The Building Zone is a great little play area for kids. It's billed as suitable for ages 2-6, but my one-year-old was able to enjoy it as well.
  • TheNationalBuildingMuseumin DCexaminesthe impact of thebuilt environment on our lives. Ancient Native tipi designs to the future ofsustainable architecture, all housed in a landmark structure.
  • Well off the National Mall, this is one of DC's best kept museum secrets. The history of DC exhibit is fantastic, but be sure to check out the Lego brick buildings upstairs until September 2012.
  • The actual museum is eh but each summer they do something awesome like a giant maze, ball pit, or mini golf course in the middle of their main room.
  • Renovating
  • Some exhibits close earlier than the museum- check in advance!
  • Has the largest columns in the world.
  • Play the indoor architectural mini golf! Just remember, mini golf closes at 3pm on the weekends and 4pm weekdays.
  • The building zone for kids is well worth the $3!

Nearby places

800 F St NW (at 8th St. NW)
400 Block of E St NW (E Street NW between 4th & 5th St NW)
705 6th St NW