Taking your kids to a museum is a great way to teach them about history, much like picking them up from school each day dressed as a different signer of the US Constitution. Put away the Charles Cotesworth Pinckney costume with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $8 for museum admission for two (up to a $16 value)
- $16 for museum admission for four (up to a $32 value)
Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free.
National Building Museum
It’s only fitting that a museum devoted to architecture is itself housed in a formidable structure. The National Building Museum's 19th-century edifice greets visitors with somber Union soldiers sculpted into the exterior’s 1,200-foot frieze. Corinthian columns 75 feet high and built with 70,000 bricks lead into the cavernous Great Hall, which soars up to 159 feet in height and captures the echo of groups as they follow the color-coded banners towards exhibits devoted to American and international architecture, engineering, and design. Drawing on hands-on children’s toys, drawings, photographs, and models, the exhibits delve into everything from the history of the American home to the evolution of building blocks and other architectural toys. Future-facing exhibits, meanwhile, focus on topics such as sustainable school buildings that employ recycled construction materials and singing plants instead of teachers. The museum shop practices what it preaches with an award-winning selection of sustainable housewares, toys, and books.
A visit just to explore the building itself is a great way to spend an afternoon in the city.Qlever, 3/18/13
Architecture is sculpture and monument in one; the NBM celebrates both faces.Michael Jones, 4/22/11
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Good for adults and GREAT for kids. My wife and I (no kids) went on a Sunday afternoon and had a good time, but most of the exhibits seemed geared toward a younger...”
“Good for adults and GREAT for kids. My wife and I (no kids) went on a Sunday afternoon and had a good time, but most of the exhibits seemed geared toward a younger audience.”
“4 generations, 8 mos through 72, and all had a great time!”
“Go Sunday a.m. to get great parking ”
401 F Street NW
(between 4th St & 5th Streets NW)
Washington, District of Columbia 20001