Visit for Two or Four to the National Building Museum (Up to 50% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Colossal 19th-century building's array of exhibits explores the principles of architecture, engineering, and design

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid with any other offers. Not valid towards mini-golf and the BIG Maze. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

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  • $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.


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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

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75% of 248 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 ”

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    401 F Street NW

    (between 4th St & 5th Streets NW)

    Washington, District of Columbia 20001

    202-272-2448

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