About the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is closed during normal hours of operation today, but will be open for the event this evening. The G street entrance will open at 6pm.

The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Enter via "G" Street Entrance
Phone: +1.202.272.2448
Web: www.nbm.org

The National Building Museum is a museum of "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning". It was created by an act of Congress in 1980, and is a private non-profit institution; it is adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Judiciary Square Metro station.

The National Building Museum is housed in the former Pension Bureau building, a brick structure completed in 1887 and designed by Gen Montgomery C. Meigs, the US Army quartermaster general. It is notable for several architectural features, including the spectacular interior columns and a frieze, sculpted by Caspar Buberl, stretching around the exterior of the building and depicting Civil War soldiers in scenes somewhat reminiscent of those on Trajan's Column as well as the Horsemen Frieze of the Parthenon. The vast interior, measuring 316×116 feet (96×35 m), has been used to hold inauguration balls; a Presidential Seal is set into the floor near the south entrance.

The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, between 4th and 5th Streets, across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro (Red Line). Wheelchair access is available through the G Street entrance. For additional directions, please visit the NBM's website.