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Exhibitions / Collections

Small Stories

Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse

May 21, 2016 - January 22, 2017

The small stories of 12 dolls' houses from the past 300 years will be brought to life by imagining the characters that live or work there. Come and meet the residents, and discover tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime.
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November 19, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Three premier chroniclers of mid- to late-20th-century Washington examine the streets of downtown D.C. through photographs from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
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The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin

November 5, 2016 - April 16, 2017

Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s revolutionary work was set apart by strong, expressive forms that evoked the structures and processes of nature, often with terracing enlivened by flowing water.
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Around the World in 80 Paper Models

April 16, 2016 - April 17, 2017

Around the World in 80 Paper Models opens in the Museum’s new acquisitions galleries, Cool & Collected. Drawing from a magnificent 4,500-piece collection recently donated to the Museum, the architectural paper models represent buildings, cultures, and countries from Austria to Wales.
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Timber City

September 17, 2016 - May 21, 2017

Exhibition demonstrating the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty.
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Investigating Where We Live 2016

August 5, 2016 - June 7, 2017

Local teens used photography, art, and writing to create an exhibition about what they think defines Washington, D.C.
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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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Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

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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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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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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