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National Building Museum

Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: National Building Museum
Location: 401 F Street NW Washington, D.C.
Contact: 202-272-2448
Grades: PreK – High School


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About the Museum:

Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum has become one of the world’s most prominent and vital venues for informed, reasoned debate about the built environment and its impact on people’s lives. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are well regarded not only for their capacity to enlighten and entertain, but also as vehicles for fostering lively discussion about a wide range of topics related to development, architecture, construction and engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

Washington: Symbol and City:
This exhibition explores how residents experience the city and how Washington itself expresses the tension between the demands of a working seat of government and the desire for a national symbol, and the hopes and needs of an evolving city.

Cityscapes Revealed: Highlights from the Collection :
This exhibition highlights the building materials, architectural styles, and construction practices that defined urban America from the end of the 19th through the first half of the 20th centuries.

Building Zone:
A hands-on introduction to the building arts designed especially for the Museum’s youngest visitors, ages two to six. The Building Zone hours are 10:00 am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday; and 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sundays.

The Education Department offers a number of 2-hour workshops for students in PreK – 9th grade.

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