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2009_DC_ArenaCW_Ext_090425128Arena Stage -- Construction Watch tour -- Exterior shots
2009_DC_ArenaCW_Int_090425119Arena Stage -- Construction Watch tour -- Interior shots
2009_DC_ArenaCW_Grp_09042559Arena Stage -- Construction Watch tour -- NBM tour group
2010_DC_2200PennCW_Int_100904128DC -- Foggy Bottom -- 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue -- Construction Watch Tour -- Building itself
Construction Watch Tour: 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue:
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, located on the former George Washington University Hospital site, is a mixed-use office, housing, and retail project designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Paul Quast, AIA, LEED®AP, senior associate with Hickok Cole...
2010_DC_2200PennCW_Grp_10090452DC -- Foggy Bottom -- 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue -- Construction Watch Tour -- Tour group
Construction Watch Tour: 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue:
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, located on the former George Washington University Hospital site, is a mixed-use office, housing, and retail project designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Paul Quast, AIA, LEED®AP, senior associate with Hickok Cole...
2010_DC_2200PennVw40DC -- Foggy Bottom -- 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue -- Views from building
2009_DC_USIPCW_Int_091202136DC -- Foggy Bottom -- United States Institute of Peace -- Construction Watch Tour (building)
2010_DC_USIPCW_Int_10101375DC -- Foggy Bottom -- United States Institute of Peace -- Construction Watch Tour (building)
2009_DC_USIPCW_Grp_09120258DC -- Foggy Bottom -- United States Institute of Peace -- Construction Watch Tour (people on tour)
2010_DC_USIPCW_Grp_10101337DC -- Foggy Bottom -- United States Institute of Peace -- Construction Watch Tour (people on tour)
2009_DC_USIPVw23DC -- Foggy Bottom -- United States Institute of Peace -- Views from building
2010_DC_USIPVw14DC -- Foggy Bottom -- United States Institute of Peace -- Views from building
2007_DC_DC_Court_CWExt_07120160DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Exteriors
2008_DC_DC_Court_CWExt_08120613DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Exteriors
2007_DC_DC_Court_CWGroup_07120130DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Group
2008_DC_DC_Court_CWGroup_08120654DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Group
2007_DC_DC_Court_CWInt_07120189DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Interiors
2008_DC_DC_Court_CWInt_081206120DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Interiors
2007_DC_DC_CourthouseVw10DC -- Judiciary Square -- DC Courthouse (Old City Hall) -- Construction watch tour -- Views from site
2011_DC_MPPLCW_Ext_11040916DC -- Mt Pleasant Public Library -- Construction Watch Tour -- Exteriors
Construction Watch Tour: Mount Pleasant Library:
Originally designed in 1924 by New York architect Edward Lippincott Tilton, the historic Mt. Pleasant Library in Northwest Washington, D.C., is now undergoing modernization and expansion, designed by CORE Group and HMA2 Architects. Ginnie Cooper, chief...
2011_DC_MPPLCW_Grp_11040927DC -- Mt Pleasant Public Library -- Construction Watch Tour -- Group
Construction Watch Tour: Mount Pleasant Library:
Originally designed in 1924 by New York architect Edward Lippincott Tilton, the historic Mt. Pleasant Library in Northwest Washington, D.C., is now undergoing modernization and expansion, designed by CORE Group and HMA2 Architects. Ginnie Cooper, chief...
2011_DC_MPPLCW_Int_11040996DC -- Mt Pleasant Public Library -- Construction Watch Tour -- Interiors
Construction Watch Tour: Mount Pleasant Library:
Originally designed in 1924 by New York architect Edward Lippincott Tilton, the historic Mt. Pleasant Library in Northwest Washington, D.C., is now undergoing modernization and expansion, designed by CORE Group and HMA2 Architects. Ginnie Cooper, chief...
1997_DC_Building26DC -- Natl Building Museum
1998_DC_Building8DC -- Natl Building Museum
1999_DC_Building5DC -- Natl Building Museum
2002_DC_Building5DC -- Natl Building Museum
2004_DC_Building33DC -- Natl Building Museum
2005_DC_Building44DC -- Natl Building Museum
Four visits: ...
2006_DC_Building13DC -- Natl Building Museum
They said the new things going up were for an NBC reality show which was going to film there on Monday. From the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/18/AR2006081801131.html
NAMES & FACES
Saturday, August 19, 2006; Page C03
Ex-CIA Loses the Way on...
2007_DC_Building67DC -- Natl Building Museum
Various visits including:

(070910) The starling that got into the building and hangs out at the snack bar waiting for treats. When the fountain in the middle of the building is closed up for some reason, the staff leaves water containers out for him. (2) Work progresses on "channeling" the walls to...
2008_DC_Building12DC -- Natl Building Museum
Several visits:
- I had never noticed the tile for Ulysses Grant on the one side of the building.
- Pictures of the outside bas relief figures.
2009_DC_Building7DC -- Natl Building Museum
2010_DC_Building13DC -- Natl Building Museum
2011_DC_Building12DC -- Natl Building Museum
2014_DC_Building13DC -- Natl Building Museum
Including the Big Maze.
2015_DC_Building79DC -- Natl Building Museum
2017_DC_Building7DC -- Natl Building Museum
2019_DC_Building40DC -- Natl Building Museum
2021_06_20G1_Building3DC -- Natl Building Museum
2021_08_06C3_Building4DC -- Natl Building Museum
2021_08_29B1_Building1DC -- Natl Building Museum (Partially reviewed)
2021_07_01B_Building_InOutR132DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Event: Summer Block Party Inside Out open house
Inside Out
You are invited to an Open House in celebration of the SUMMER BLOCK PARTY Inside Out with special guests:
* Sculptor Foon Sham, Maze of Knowledge
* Muralist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Equilateral Network
Thursday, July 1, 2021 6pm to 8pm
Light refreshments will be provided.
2021_07_01A4_Building_Animals29DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Animals, Collected
Animals, Collected
ONGOING
Lions and tigers and … griffins? Oh, my! The National Building Museum is home to 320,000 objects related to the built environment. Many of these artifacts in the permanent collection have never been displayed. Animals, Collected is a chance to explore some of the Museum’s...
2021_08_29B2_Building_Animals212DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Animals, Collected
Animals, Collected
ONGOING
Lions and tigers and … griffins? Oh, my! The National Building Museum is home to 320,000 objects related to the built environment. Many of these artifacts in the permanent collection have never been displayed. Animals, Collected is a chance to explore some of the Museum’s... (Partially reviewed)
2021_06_20G2_Building_Equil9DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Equilateral Network (by Lisa Marie Thalhammer) (Visit 1 of 2)
An Enormous Rainbow Mural Graces The National Building Museum Lawn During Pride Month
June 5, 20218:00 AM ET
Laurel Wamsley
The wide lawn of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., has taken on a riot of rainbow hues in a geometric mural designed by artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer.
The...
2021_07_01A5_Building_Equil15DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Equilateral Network (by Lisa Marie Thalhammer) (Visit 2 of 2)
An Enormous Rainbow Mural Graces The National Building Museum Lawn During Pride Month
June 5, 20218:00 AM ET
Laurel Wamsley
The wide lawn of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., has taken on a riot of rainbow hues in a geometric mural designed by artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer.
The...
2019_DC_Building_Evicted69DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Evicted
Evicted
April 14, 2018–May 19, 2019
A stable place to call home is one of the best predictors of success. Yet, each year more than 2.3 million Americans, most of them low-income renters, face eviction. While it used to be rare even in the poorest neighborhoods, forcible removal has become ordinary,...
2021_06_20G3_Building_Gun67DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Gun Violence Memorial Project
Gun Violence Memorial Project
April 9, 2021–September 25, 2022
“You hear those numbers all the time, but you never tie names to them. I wanted you to see who my son was.”
-- Pamela Bosley, mother of Terrell Bosley, Co-founder of Purpose Over Pain

Memorials are works of art and architecture that...
2017_DC_Building_Hive18DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Hive
The National Building Museum and Studio Gang present Hive, the latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall.

Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable....
2016_DC_Building_Icebergs25DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Icebergs
ICEBERGS
July 2, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Visit ICEBERGS in the Museum's Great Hall. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation opens as part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 - September 5.
Visitors will:
* Explore a fantastical glacial sea designed by landscape...
2021_07_01A3_Building_Justice34DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Justice is Beauty: The Work of MASS Design Group
Justice is Beauty:
The Work of MASS Design Group
April 9, 2021–September 25, 2022
Can a well-designed school enhance learning? Can the floor plan of a hospital improve health outcomes? Can a memorial promote healing within society?
“We began confronted with the idea that we had a difficult choice...
2019_DC_Building_Lawn33DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Lawn
Lawn
July 4-September 2, 2019
The Museum is partnering with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the 2019 Summer Block Party installation. Lawn will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and offer interactive experiences for all ages.
Lawn allows guests to...
2010_DC_Building_LEGO37DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: LEGO Towering Ambition
Towering Ambition:
You are standing inside a building made of bricks. Actually, more than fifteen and a half million bricks were used to construct the National Building Museum's historic home. Now, begin to think smaller... and smaller... and you can just begin to fathom the challenge that Adam Reed...
2011_DC_Building_LEGO20DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: LEGO Towering Ambition
2012_DC_Building_LEGO35DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: LEGO Towering Ambition
Including packing it up to remove it.
2021_06_20G4_Building_LoFab6DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Lo-Fab Pavilion
Lo-Fab Pavilion
How can complex structures be built in areas where skilled labor is in short supply? How can designers use local materials to construct large structures with small components? The Lo-Fab Pavilion offered MASS Design Group the chance to explore these questions with the Virginia Tech...
2021_07_01A1_Building_Maze28DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Maze of Knowledge (by Foon Sham)
Maze of Knowledge
Conceived by D.C.-area sculptor Foon Sham, this 26-foot-square, 8-foot-high labyrinth engages visitors of all ages. With walls and horizontal broken brick-line contours made of wooden blocks sourced from building materials, the installation resembles a dilapidated structure. The Maze...
2021_08_06C4_Building_Maze26DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Maze of Knowledge (by Foon Sham)
Maze of Knowledge
Conceived by D.C.-area sculptor Foon Sham, this 26-foot-square, 8-foot-high labyrinth engages visitors of all ages. With walls and horizontal broken brick-line contours made of wooden blocks sourced from building materials, the installation resembles a dilapidated structure. The Maze...
2016_DC_Building_Meigs40DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Montgomery Meigs
2020_DC_Building_Matter82DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art
Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art
On The West Lawn Through November 2020
The National Building Museum, in partnership with the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), is pleased to present Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art. Located on...
2021_DC_Building_Matter19DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art (3rd visit)
2021_08_06C5_Building_Truss40DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Notre Dame de Paris Truss Project
Notre Dame de Paris Truss Project: August 6–September 16
Inspired by the terrible April 2019 fire that nearly destroyed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Massachusetts-based HandsHouse Studio, which develops projects outside of the traditional design and construction classroom that energize history... (Partially reviewed)
2021_08_29B4_Building_Truss41DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Notre Dame de Paris Truss Project
Notre Dame de Paris Truss Project: August 6–September 16
Inspired by the terrible April 2019 fire that nearly destroyed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Massachusetts-based HandsHouse Studio, which develops projects outside of the traditional design and construction classroom that energize history... (Partially reviewed)
2021_08_29B3_Building_Play116DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Play Work Build
PLAY WORK BUILD
ONGOING
Please note: Currently we are operating PLAY WORK BUILD in a very limited capacity: only 20 people in the exhibition at a time. The blocks and surfaces are sanitized regularly, and we ask all visitors to sanitize their hands and keep masks on at all times. Timed passes are... (Partially reviewed)
2019_DC_Building_Secret_Cities200DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Secret Cities
Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project
May 3, 2018 – July 28, 2019
In the fall of 1942, less than a year after the United States was drawn into World War II by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers quietly began acquiring vast tracts of...
2015_DC_Building_Beach66DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: The BEACH
The National Building Museum presents a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors, an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the Museum’s Great Hall, the BEACH, created in partnership with...
2018_DC_Building_Sham14DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Vascular Form XI. Spirit (by Foon Sham)
Foon Sham was named the Asian Influence/American Design Visionary Artist of the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show. As part of the award, he was commissioned to construct a piece which ended up on exhibit outside of the museum. This pine piece is called Vascular Form XI, Spirit.
2021_07_01A2_Building_VC35DC -- Natl Building Museum -- Exhibit: Visitor Center
1VISITOR CENTER
Ongoing
Tickets, information about upcoming programs, and a wall-size display of objects from our collection. In the rooms that follow, learn how we shape our world, and the large and small ways it shapes us.
2008_DC_CB_FFD_08032982DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Family Day @ NBM
National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day presented with the National Building Museum

Join the National Cherry Blossom Festival® and the National Building Museum in celebrating the third annual opening of Washington, DC’s cherry blossom season.

This year’s family festival features hands-on...
2008_DC_CBOC_080329168DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM
National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony is the official kick-off to the two-week Festival.

Washington dignitaries welcome residents and visitors to enjoy the city-wide events that make Washington, DC synonymous with spring around the world.

...
2009_DC_CBOC_090328143DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM
Opening Ceremony events on the stage:
- Waltz of the Cherry Blossoms from the Nutcracker, by the Washington Ballet and the Washington School of Ballet
- National Anthem of Japan & National Anthem of the United States, performed by Noriko Sakai Hunter
- "Yozara" (Night Sky) and "Umiyuki" (Ocean...
2010_DC_CBOC_100327197DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM
National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
- Sambaso -- Shigeyama Kyogen Theatre Group
- National Anthem of the United States -- Miss DC 2009 Jennifer Corey
- National Anthem of Japan -- Miss Iori Kotake
- Masters of Ceremonies -- Ms. Melanie Hastings and Mr. Doug McKelway, ABC...
2009_DC_CBOCM_09032890DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM -- Miscellaneous
Anything except the stage itself from the opening ceremony events. This includes family day participants and performers getting ready.
2010_DC_CBOCM_10032735DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM -- Miscellaneous
Anything except the stage itself from the opening ceremony events. This includes family day participants.
2009_DC_CBOCR_09032888DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM -- Post-ceremony reception
Pictures from the reception after the ceremony.
2010_DC_CBOCR_10032747DC -- Natl Cherry Blossom Festival -- Opening Ceremony @ NBM -- Post-ceremony reception
Pictures from the reception after the ceremony.
2013_DC_77H_CWExt_13040611DC -- NoMa -- 77H -- Construction Watch Tour -- Exterior
Part of the ongoing H Street renaissance and development boom in NoMa, 77H is a new mixed-use project anchored by an 80,000-square-foot urban-format Walmart. Jim Woods of The JBG Companies leads a tour of this new project, which includes 10,000 square feet of retail on H Street and 303 residential...
2013_DC_77H_CWGrp_13040630DC -- NoMa -- 77H -- Construction Watch Tour -- Group
Part of the ongoing H Street renaissance and development boom in NoMa, 77H is a new mixed-use project anchored by an 80,000-square-foot urban-format Walmart. Jim Woods of The JBG Companies leads a tour of this new project, which includes 10,000 square feet of retail on H Street and 303 residential...
2013_DC_77H_CWInt_13040688DC -- NoMa -- 77H -- Construction Watch Tour -- Interior
Part of the ongoing H Street renaissance and development boom in NoMa, 77H is a new mixed-use project anchored by an 80,000-square-foot urban-format Walmart. Jim Woods of The JBG Companies leads a tour of this new project, which includes 10,000 square feet of retail on H Street and 303 residential...
2013_DC_77H_Vw8DC -- NoMa -- 77H -- Construction Watch Tour -- Views from
Part of the ongoing H Street renaissance and development boom in NoMa, 77H is a new mixed-use project anchored by an 80,000-square-foot urban-format Walmart. Jim Woods of The JBG Companies leads a tour of this new project, which includes 10,000 square feet of retail on H Street and 303 residential...
2007_DC_Ballpark_CWExt_07061628DC -- Southeast -- Washington Nationals ballpark -- Construction watch tour -- Exterior
The new, iconic home of the Washington Nationals baseball team near the Anacostia River waterfront will serve as a gateway to the nation's capital from points south. The 41,000-seat ballpark, designed by the joint venture architectural team of HOK Sport of Kansas City and Devrouax & Purnell Architects -...
2007_DC_Ballpark_CWField_070616104DC -- Southeast -- Washington Nationals ballpark -- Construction watch tour -- Field and seats
The new, iconic home of the Washington Nationals baseball team near the Anacostia River waterfront will serve as a gateway to the nation's capital from points south. The 41,000-seat ballpark, designed by the joint venture architectural team of HOK Sport of Kansas City and Devrouax & Purnell Architects -...
2007_DC_Ballpark_CWInt_07061646DC -- Southeast -- Washington Nationals ballpark -- Construction watch tour -- Interior
The new, iconic home of the Washington Nationals baseball team near the Anacostia River waterfront will serve as a gateway to the nation's capital from points south. The 41,000-seat ballpark, designed by the joint venture architectural team of HOK Sport of Kansas City and Devrouax & Purnell Architects -...
2007_DC_Ballpark_CWOrient_07061645DC -- Southeast -- Washington Nationals ballpark -- Construction watch tour -- Orientation and group
The new, iconic home of the Washington Nationals baseball team near the Anacostia River waterfront will serve as a gateway to the nation's capital from points south. The 41,000-seat ballpark, designed by the joint venture architectural team of HOK Sport of Kansas City and Devrouax & Purnell Architects -...
2009_DC_ArenaVw3DC -- Southwest -- Arena Stage -- Construction Watch tour -- Views from structure
2012_DC_StElizW_CWExt_12102785DC -- St Elizabeths West -- Construction Watch Tour -- Exterior Shots
Construction Watch Tour: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths:
When completed in early 2013, the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on the west campus of historic St. Elizabeths will feature an 11-story office building providing nearly 1.2 million square feet of office and support space for...
2012_DC_StElizW_CWInt_12102736DC -- St Elizabeths West -- Construction Watch Tour -- Interior Shots
Construction Watch Tour: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths:
When completed in early 2013, the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on the west campus of historic St. Elizabeths will feature an 11-story office building providing nearly 1.2 million square feet of office and support space for...
2012_DC_StElizW_CWGrp_12102730DC -- St Elizabeths West -- Construction Watch Tour -- NBM Tour Group
Construction Watch Tour: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths:
When completed in early 2013, the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on the west campus of historic St. Elizabeths will feature an 11-story office building providing nearly 1.2 million square feet of office and support space for...
2012_DC_StElizW_CWSS_12102788DC -- St Elizabeths West -- Construction Watch Tour -- Presentation slides
Construction Watch Tour: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths:
When completed in early 2013, the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on the west campus of historic St. Elizabeths will feature an 11-story office building providing nearly 1.2 million square feet of office and support space for...
2012_DC_StElizW_Vw44DC -- St Elizabeths West -- Construction Watch Tour -- Views from...
Construction Watch Tour: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths:
When completed in early 2013, the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on the west campus of historic St. Elizabeths will feature an 11-story office building providing nearly 1.2 million square feet of office and support space for...
2011_MD_SST_Group_11102945MD -- Silver Spring -- Paul Sarbanes Transportation Center -- Construction Watch Tour -- Orientation and Group
Construction Watch Tour: Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center Redux
The Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center, a public/private joint development, is a multimodal, pedestrian- and bike-friendly transit complex that co-locates multiple local and regional bus service providers. Fritz...
2011_MD_SST_Tour_111029111MD -- Silver Spring -- Paul Sarbanes Transportation Center -- Construction Watch Tour -- Structure
Construction Watch Tour: Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center Redux
The Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center, a public/private joint development, is a multimodal, pedestrian- and bike-friendly transit complex that co-locates multiple local and regional bus service providers. Fritz...
2013_DC_SIPM_CWDisp_13031621Natl Postal Museum -- Construction Watch Tour -- Displays
Construction Watch Tour: National Postal Museum:Housed on the lower level of the historic 1914 City Post Office Building, the National Postal Museum is undergoing an expansion to showcase its extensive stamp collection. Sarah Drumming of the Smithsonian Institution leads a tour of the
12,000 square...
2013_DC_SIPM_CWInt_13031659Natl Postal Museum -- Construction Watch Tour -- Interior Shots
Construction Watch Tour: National Postal Museum:Housed on the lower level of the historic 1914 City Post Office Building, the National Postal Museum is undergoing an expansion to showcase its extensive stamp collection. Sarah Drumming of the Smithsonian Institution leads a tour of the
12,000 square...
2013_DC_SIPM_CWGrp_13031630Natl Postal Museum -- Construction Watch Tour -- NBM Tour Group
Construction Watch Tour: National Postal Museum:Housed on the lower level of the historic 1914 City Post Office Building, the National Postal Museum is undergoing an expansion to showcase its extensive stamp collection. Sarah Drumming of the Smithsonian Institution leads a tour of the
12,000 square...
2002_DC_BuildingC_0202087NBM -- Architectural competition 2002
This was a competition that architecture students could enter to design the "interim security facility" that would be outside of the Washington Monument until a more permanent box could be build there. The Park Service wasn't obliged to use the design but there was a prize and it looked good on...
2005_DC_BuildingC_05091912NBM -- Architectural competition 2005
Student Competition Jury: They toiled all day Sunday. View students’ design solutions in a day-long exhibit in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Join students to hear a distinguished panel of jurists discuss the entries and announce the winners. The more famous judge was James Eyre, RIBA, a...
2009_DC_BuildingC_09091348NBM -- Architectural competition 2009
Student Design Competition: Meet the next generation of Washington architects and watch them at work. Students from local architecture schools are challenged by an intriguing design problem (which remains a closely guarded secret until a week prior to the competition). They will work all day to come up...
2007_DC_BuildingL_07121382NBM -- Award Ceremony: Vincent J. Scully Prize: Richard Moe
Speakers in sequence:
-- Chase Rynd (Building Museum director)
-- ???
-- Chase Rynd (again)
-- ???
-- ???
-- ???
-- Presentation by ???, Richard Moe, ???, ???
-- Richard Moe
-- ???
-- Performance by ???
-- Chase Rynd (again)

The Museum will present its ninth Vincent...
2007_DC_BuildingL_07021419NBM -- Building for the 21st Century (Wal-Mart)
Building for the 21st Century: The Continuing Evolution of Energy-Efficient Facilities at Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart, America’s largest retailer, has made energy efficiency a high priority and has set several ambitious goals: to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy; to create zero waste; and to sell...
2005_DC_BuildingO_05120110NBM -- Cityscapes Revealed opening
This was the opening reception for the new National Building Museum exhibit, "Cityscapes Revealed," which features a survey of items from the museum's permanent exhibit. The speaker was Chase Rynd, president of the NBM.
2008_DC_BuildingL_08071044NBM -- Contributor event with Peter M. Ruggiero, AIA
NBM event with Peter M. Ruggiero, AIA. Ruggiero is with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill which handled the expansion of the Dulles airport.
2007_DC_BuildingL_07121135NBM -- David Macaulay
For more than 30 years, David Macaulay’s illustrations have helped children—and adults—see and understand the architectural and engineering processes behind the built environment. During this lecture, Macaulay will discuss how he uses drawing not only to peel back exterior façades and interior walls,...
2007_DC_BuildingO_07062266NBM -- David Macaulay ("The Art of Drawing Architecture")
This was the official opening event for a new exhibition at the museum -- "David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture" -- which included a talk with Macaulay and a tour of the exhibit (where photography was not allowed).
2007_DC_BuildingL_07062129NBM -- David Rockwell ("Spectacle")
Spotlight on Design:
David Rockwell
. From theatrical set designs to airport terminals, the work of Rockwell Group spans a broad range of scales and types. All of the New York-based firm's projects, however, reflect an interest in creating spaces that do not merely accommodate but actively...
2007_DC_BuildingL_07091036NBM -- Designing the Nation's Capitol panel discussion
Designing the Nation’s Capital: the 1901 Plan for Washington, DC: The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has recently published Designing the Nation’s Capital: The 1901 Plan for Washington, DC, a collection of essays related to what is commonly known as the “McMillan Plan.” The seven essays by leading...
2007_DC_BuildingL_07062650NBM -- Eastern Market Celebration panel discussion
An Eastern Market Celebration: For over 150 years public markets have long played a vital public role in the Washington, DC community. Originally intended to centralize food distribution and to promote hygiene, Eastern Market has become a treasured civic gathering place. Designed by renowned architect...
2008_DC_BuildingO_08043083NBM -- Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future Opening Reception
Museum members are invited to celebrate the opening of the Museum’s newest exhibition, Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, at a private reception featuring a gallery talk with the exhibition’s coordinating curator Martin Moeller. This invitation-only event is exclusively for Museum members, exhibition...
2011_DC_EFD_110219100NBM -- Engineering Family Day (2011)
Discover Engineering Family Day 2011:
The National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Kick off and celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free,...
2013_DC_EFD_13021682NBM -- Engineering Family Day (2013)
Discover Engineering Family Day 2013:
Every February, the National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free,...
2010_DC_FOBA_101009136NBM -- Festival of the Building Arts
Festival of the Building Arts:
Celebrate the past, envision the future at the annual Festival of the Building Arts at the National Building Museum. Work side by side with architects, builders, designers, artisans, and trades people as they demonstrate their skills.
• PARTICIPATE in drywall finishing,...
2007_DC_BuildingL_07121869NBM -- For The Green Good: Living in a Disposable World (panel)
For the Greener Good Lecture Series -- Living in a Disposable World: Recycling the Future: As our economy is increasingly supported by products with shorter lifespans, how do we put an end to the continuous growth of landfills? How are engineers creating buildings that use recycled materials and have a...
2006_DC_BuildingO_06051735NBM -- Green House exhibit opening
This was the opening reception for a new exhibit which opened at the National Building Museum. Laura Bush had visited it that afternoon.
The reception featured talks by Chase Rynd (the president of the National Building Museum), Bob Nardelli (the president and CEO of Home Depot), Catherine Fraser...
2006_DC_BuildingL_0607275NBM -- Green House: New Directions (w/Katie Leavy)
Chase Rynd, Executive Director, of the National Building Museum cordially invites you and a guest to attend a special reception and program for The Builders.
Celebrated D.C. interior designer and principal of Capital Design LLC, Katie Leavy, ASID joins us for a discussion of the Green House: New...
2010_DC_BuildingL_10121463NBM -- Holiday party and Chair's and President's Award
This year's annual holiday party will commemorate 30 years of America's only museum dedicated to the building arts and sciences. On this special occasion, the Museum will hold the premier presentation of two annual awards that recognize the dedication of people who have played a significant role in its...
2010_DC_HH_Talk_10071332NBM -- House and Home preview discussion
The National Building Museum cordially invites you to attend a special reception for The Builders featuring a presentation on the future exhibition
House & Home
by Sarah Leavitt
Curator, National Building Museum
2009_DC_BuildingO_09101422NBM -- House Of Cars (exhibit opening)
Member reception with remarks:
Chase W. Rynd, President and Executive Director, National Building Museum
Martin L. Stein, President, National Parking Association
Herb Anderson, Chairman, National Parking Association and President and CEO, Impark

Join us as we celebrate the exhibition's opening and...
2021_08_06C1_Building_TrussI160NBM -- Installation of the Notre Dame de Paris Truss #6 Project
Installation of the Notre Dame de Paris Truss #6 Project
We are pleased that you will be able to join us for the raising of Truss #6, modeled after the one that was destroyed by the Notre Dame de Paris fire in 2019. Crafted by carpenters from Handshouse Studio and students from Catholic University...
2006_DC_BuildingO_06081858NBM -- Investigating Where We Live (exhibit opening)
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition showcasing the results of the National Building Museum’s five-week outreach program Investigating Where We Live (IWWL). IWWL teaches young people to use photography as a tool for exploring and documenting neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Through this process...
2012_DC_LEGO_Master_12090135NBM -- LEGO Architecture Tours
LEGO® Architecture Tours
Adam Reed Tucker visits LEGO®Tours at: 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 pm
Meet and talk with LEGO® master Adam Reed Tucker as he leads visitors on 20-minute tours of the LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibition during its last weekend at the Museum.
2011_DC_Building_LegoM_11041054NBM -- LEGO Master In Action
LEGO® Master in Action:
Observe LEGO® certified professional Adam Reed Tucker as he returns to the National Building Museum’s exhibition LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition to complete his newest architectural triumph, the White House, for all to see. He is one of only 11 LEGO® certified...
2008_DC_BuildingL_08011755NBM -- Marcel Breuer (w/I.M. Pei)
Barry Bergdoll, curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, I.M. Pei, a partner at Marcel Breuer's firm, and his wife Eileen Pei explore the significance of Marcel Breuer, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. This lecture is held in conjunction with Marcel...
2009_DC_BuildingL_09070956NBM -- Panel discussion and reception for new photography exhibit
Members of The Builders are invited to attend this year’s annual Builders' Event. Invited guests will enjoy a reception and panel discussion with photographers Richard Ross, Camilo José Vergara, and Philip Trager, moderated by National Building Museum curator Laura Schiavo. During the event, all three...
2007_DC_BuildingO_07011116NBM -- Reinventing the Globe opening
Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century Premiere: Members of the Corinthians, Builders, and Professional Circle are invited to help raise the curtain on the Museum's newest exhibition, Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century, with a private...
2016_DC_Building_BigBuild_16101537NBM -- The Big Build (2016)
The Big Build
Join us for a day filled with hands-on family fun. Discover what it's like to be a builder and meet plumbers, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers and experts in many other fields. Learn all about their professions and hobbies, and experience what they do! In addition, this year...
2012_DC_Canstruction193NBM -- Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2012
Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2012
See fantastic structures built entirely out of thousands of canned goods by metropolitan Washington D.C. architecture and construction teams! Canstruction® is a creative design-build competition that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Bring...
2014_DC_Canstruction302NBM -- Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2014
Despite what you learned as a child, playing with food is exactly the point of Canstruction 2014. The nationwide program, which is organized in DC by the Washington Architectural Foundation, challenges teams of architecture, construction, and engineering professionals to interpret a theme using stacked...
2015_DC_Canstruction92NBM -- Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2015
November 22 - Monday, November 30, 2015
Join us at Canstruction on Black Friday as an alternative to the excess of shopping as we raise awareness about hunger in DC. Bring a can to get a dollar off of your admission to the National Building Museum and then use the can to vote for your favorite project....
2017_DC_Canstruction101NBM -- Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2017
2017 Theme: CANnect with Nature
Build Out: Sunday, November 19, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dates: Sunday, November 19 - Sunday, November 26, 2017
Location: National Building Museum
Canstruction is a nationwide program that aims to raise awareness about hunger. In DC, Canstruction is organized by the...
2018_DC_Canstruction434NBM -- Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2018
Join the Washington Architectural Foundation at the National Building Museum to see the build-out for CANstruction 2018!
2018 Theme: CAN't Stop the Beet!
Build Out: Sunday, November 18
On View: Monday, November 19 - Sunday, November 25, 2018
Canstruction is a nationwide program that aims to raise...
2006_DC_BuildingL_0602224NBM @ The Willard -- Richard & Marie Carr ("The Willard Hotel")
The Willard Hotel: A Landmark Reborn: A fixture in Washington history for more than 150 years, the Willard Hotel has a fascinating history of its own. Richard Wallace Carr, president of The Oliver Carr Company, which redeveloped the hotel in the 1980s, and author of The Willard Hotel, An Illustrated...
2008_VA_IAD_C_08051035VA -- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) -- Construction Watch Tour -- Construction work
Washington Dulles International Airport staff architect Richard Turner and engineering staff lead a tour of the original main terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, and the ongoing Dulles expansion project.
2008_VA_IAD_S_08051056VA -- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) -- Construction Watch Tour -- Signage
Washington Dulles International Airport staff architect Richard Turner and engineering staff lead a tour of the original main terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, and the ongoing Dulles expansion project.
2008_VA_IAD_CW_08051029VA -- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) -- Construction Watch Tour -- Tour group
Washington Dulles International Airport staff architect Richard Turner and engineering staff lead a tour of the original main terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, and the ongoing Dulles expansion project.
2019_DC_Canstruction_AIA24Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2019 @ AIA Headquarters
Join the Washington Architectural Foundation at the Columbia Square Building and AIA National Headquarters to see the build-out for CANstruction 2019!
2019 Theme: The 1980s
Columbia Square, 555 13th Street NW
AIA National Headquarters, 1735 New York Ave NW
#CANstructionDC
Canstruction is a...
2019_DC_Canstruction_CS96Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction® 2019 @ Columbia Square
Join the Washington Architectural Foundation at the Columbia Square Building and AIA National Headquarters to see the build-out for CANstruction 2019!
2019 Theme: The 1980s
Columbia Square, 555 13th Street NW
AIA National Headquarters, 1735 New York Ave NW
#CANstructionDC
Canstruction is a...


What's hot: The following pages have been the most popular ones over the last month or so:
KeyImgsShort Description
2021_09_25D3_LOC_Geppi112DC -- Library of Congress -- Exhibit (Graphic Arts): Geppi Gems
Geppi Gems September 21, 2021-ongoing COMIC BOOKS have permeated almost every popular entertainment medium in the United States. When Stephen A. Geppi opened the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2006, he sought to show how comic books—much like newspapers, television, motion pic... (Partially reviewed)
2021_08_14B1_Trumka250AFL-CIO Headquarters -- Event: Richard Trumka in Repose at AFL-CIO Headquarters
Richard Trumka to Lie in Repose at AFL-CIO Headquarters On Saturday, Aug. 14, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, Richard Trumka’s family is giving the public the opportunity to pay their respects to the labor legend who passed away on Aug. 5. He is making one last trip to the House of Labor, a place an... (Partially reviewed)
2021_09_17B2_In_America2OC268DC -- Event: In America: Remember (art installation by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg) -- Opening Ceremony
In America: Remember Opening Ceremony Prelude: The String Queens Host: Dana Bash, CNN anchor & chief political correspondent Welcome: Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Artist & Creator In America: Remember Lift Every Voice: Jason Max Ferdinand Singers, arrangement by Roland Carter Remarks: Deb Haaland, S... (Partially reviewed)
2021_10_24C_Wuerker150DC -- Herblock Party @ Matt Wuerker's
The Herblock Prizes for the last couple years are going to be awarded in person on October 25th in a closed ceremony. Sadly there won’t be the usual big shindig at the Library of Congress. Instead Eleni and I would like to gather the cartoon tribe at our house to celebrate the winners. Beer, wine, s... (Partially reviewed)
2021_09_20B2_In_America2V39DC -- Event: In America: Remember -- Viewed from Washington Monument (Installation Visit 07) (Partially reviewed)


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