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

Penn Quarter - Chinatown

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In a Nutshell

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

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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.

Customer Reviews

Great place to take the kids.
Heather · January 10, 2017
The main lobby is a great place to hang out with large carpeted floors and an impressive fountain! I loved the exhibit they had on the second floor which showed small-scale architectural models of buildings and building proposals around the world in different climates and temperatures. The rotating exhibits also look really fun!
Emily F. · October 28, 2016
The National Building Museum is an interesting place to visit. The building itself is an architectural marvel - beautiful marble columns and gilded woodwork. I enjoyed the doll house exhibit and also the exhibit on landscape architecture. There are rooms upstairs where children can play with building blocks and have hands-on experiences. It seems to be geared to children and their parents. So a great place for grandma or grandpa to take the kids during the summer or on a weekend. I am in a manual wheelchair and there is a fully accessible entrance on one side of the building. Getting in and out of the rooms was also OK. The bathrooms also have accessibility. The staff were reasonably accommodating for my ADA service dog. A nice place to take the kids on a hot summer day - a place for them to run around, be active, learn something educational and just have fun.
Janet P. · August 27, 2016
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    Penn Quarter - Chinatown

    401 F Street NW

    (between 4th St & 5th Streets NW)

    Washington, DC 20001


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