National Building Museum

The National Building Museum, traditionally known as the Pension Building, in Washington, D.C., United States. It is a museum of architectural mastery, style, engineering, development, and urban planning. Museum is designed by an act of Congress in 1980, and is a private non-profit institution. It ‘s nearby to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Judiciary Square Metro station. The museum serves various temporary exhibits in galleries around the huge Great Hall.

How to reach National Building Museum ?

By MetroRail

The National Building Museum is located across the street from Judiciary Square station on Metro’s Red Line. Alternatively, take the Yellow or Green Lines to Gallery Place/Chinatown. Use the Galleries/Arena exit to F Street; at the top of the last escalator (F Street), turn left and walk a short 2 blocks to the Museum. Visit the Metro website for more station information.

By MetroBus

Four MetroBus routes have stops located within ¼ mile of the National Building Museum: D3, D6, 80 and X2. Additional routes have stops located within ½ mile. To find the route closest to you, visit the Metro website.

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By DC Circulator

Two DC Circulator routes have stops within walking distance of the National Building Museum. The Convention Center/SW Waterfront line stops at 9th and F Streets, NW. From there, travel south on 9th St. and turn left at F St. Continue for two blocks to the museum. The Georgetown/Union Station line stops at 5th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW. From there, turn right around the corner and travel south on 5th Street for three blocks. Turn left on F Street, NW, to the museum. For more information, visit www.dccirculator.com.

Capital Bikeshare

The District’s bikesharing program makes bicycles available to anyone. Simply take a bike from one of over 115 stations in DC and Arlington, and return it to a docking station close to the museum. The closest docking stations to the museum are located at:

5th and F Streets, NW
7th and F Streets, NW
4th and D Streets, NW

For more information about fees and station locations, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com.

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Driving Directions

Driving from Northern Virginia on I-66
I-66 becomes Constitution Avenue
Follow Constitution Avenue east to 6th Street
Turn left onto 6th Street
Follow 6th Street north to F Street
Turn right onto F Street
Follow F Street east to 5th Street
The Museum is on the north side of F Street between 4th and 5th Streets; metered parking is available on all sides of the building.

Driving from Northern Virginia on I-395
Follow I-395 north into the District
Take either the 14th Street exit or the 12th Street exit (northbound)
Turn right onto Constitution Avenue
Follow Constitution Avenue east to 6th Street
Turn left onto 6th Street
Follow 6th Street north to F Street
Turn right onto F Street
Follow F Street east to 5th Street
The Museum is on the north side of F Street between 4th and 5th Streets; metered parking is available on all sides of the building.

Driving from Maryland southbound on I-95 / Baltimore-Washington Parkway (B-W Parkway)
Follow I-95 to B-W Parkway southbound
Take B-W Parkway to Route 50 westbound, into Washington, D.C.
Route 50 becomes New York Avenue
Follow New York Avenue several miles, passing I-395 southbound exit
Shortly after I-395 southbound exit, turn left on 5th Street, NW
Take 5th Street to G Street and the Museum is on the left; metered parking is available on all sides of the building.

Driving from Maryland southbound on I-270
Take I-270 to I-495 (Beltway) eastbound
Take exit Route 355, Wisconsin Avenue southbound
Follow Wisconsin Avenue into the District
Turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue (at the National Cathedral)
Take Massachusetts Avenue towards the Capitol, going through Dupont Circle and Mt. Vernon Square
Shortly after Mt. Vernon Square, turn right onto 5th Street, NW
Take 5th Street to G Street and the Museum is on the left; metered parking is available on all sides of the building.

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National Building Museum Timings

Museum and Museum Shop:
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am–05.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am–05.00pm

Building Zone:
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am–04.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am–04.00pm

Firehook Cafe:
Monday – Friday: 08:30am–04:30pm
Saturday: 10.00am–04:30pm
Sunday: 11.00am–04:30pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and occasional special events

National Building Museum Fees

The Great Hall, Historic Building Tours, Museum Shop and Cafe : Free

For Exhibition
Museum Members, Children (age 2 and under) : Free
General Adults : $10
General Youth(ages 3–17), students with ID, seniors(age 60 and over) : $7

National Building Museum Location

401 F Street NW. Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone Number: +1 202-272-2448
Website: www.nbm.org

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