National Building Museum

401 F St NW Washington

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National Building Museum

Housed in the historic Pension Building, this museum was created by an act of Congress in 1980. After housing a government agency that provided pensions to military personnel for nearly 100 years, it was used for office space for a few decades before falling into disrepair and being considered for demolition. Thankfully, conservationists rallied to save the building, and it was transformed into the thriving museum of the building arts that it is today. See some of what it has to offer in the video below!

The impressive building is a fitting home for a museum dedicated to the best in architecture. The museum periodically updates its exhibitions. At the time of writing, these include "Lawn," which allows guests to enjoy traditional summer games and activities. "Animals - Collected" showcases various artifacts that celebrate the animal kingdom. "Flickering Treasures" explores 125 years of Baltimore movie theaters. Check the link below to see the full list of current exhibitions.

Current Exhibitions

The museum is open Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and 11AM-5PM on Sunday. It is located four blocks from the National Mall, making it a convenient stop. hosts a number of tours and special events. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youth aged 3-17, students with ID, seniors over 60, and AARP members with ID. Admission is free for Blue Star Members with Military ID through Labor Day. Special group tours of the historic building and the exhibitions are available. Be sure to check the museum's calendar before visiting.

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