National Building Museum

Visitor Information

401 F Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Phone: 202-272-2448
Hours: Open year round! Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm Sunday: 11 am–5 pm The Museum is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and occasional special events

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Free admission. 10% off merchandise in Museum or Gift Shop.


The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment. We do this by telling the stories of architecture, engineering, and design. As one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C., we welcome visitors from around the world to our exhibitions, public programs, and festivals. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.