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Exhibitions / Collections

Exhibitions / Collections

The Architectural Image, 1920-1950

November 8, 2014 - May 3, 2015

Between 1920 and 1950, architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any similar timespan in history. This exhibition presents prints, original drawings, and paintings from this transformational period, all drawn from a single private collection in Washington, D.C.
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Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

March 8, 2014 - May 25, 2015

Explore the extraordinary objects in the National Building Museum’s collection. These physical pieces of the world we design and build—from the tools that help create it to the toys that help explain it—inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it.
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Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next

August 2, 2014 - June 7, 2015

Local teens used photography, art, and writing to create an exhibition about what they think defines Washington, D.C.
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Designing for Disaster

May 11, 2014 - August 2, 2015

Design can reduce our risk and increase our resiliency to the most destructive forces of nature. From seismic retrofits and safe rooms to firebreaks and floodplain management, this exhibition explores how regional, community, and individual preparedness are the best antidotes to disaster.
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HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

January 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Following the BIG Maze in the Great Hall this summer, the National Building Museum will present "HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation," an exhibition featuring the work of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
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Scaling Washington

March 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition, features stunning large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral.
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House & Home

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America.

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PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience.

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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.

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