On December 12, 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed an act of Congress that established a museum with a still-unique purpose: to inspire curiosity and knowledge about the world we design and build.
Since then, the National Building Museum has welcomed millions of visitors and earned a well-deserved international reputation as an essential cultural institution.
Our dedicated team creates exhibitions and programs for visitors of all ages that call attention to contemporary issues such as climate change, social justice, public health and housing. Our goal is ambitious but never more relevant: to educate, entertain and engage audiences about the built environment and to challenge them to advocate for a sustainable and equitable future.
The week of December 7-12, the Museum invites everyone to a pre-holiday feast of FREE virtual programs and events:
- December 7, 6:30-8 p.m. / Program: Documenting Crossroads
Urban documentarian Camilo José Vergara and Yale architecture professor Elihu Rubin discuss capturing the impact of the coronavirus in poor and minority urban communities.
- December 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Spotlight on Design: The Netherlands Carillon
Learn about this iconic bell tower in Arlington, Virginia, that was a gift from The Netherlands to the U.S. after World War II. Spotlight on Design is generously supported by the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family. Additional funding for this program is provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
- December 8, 7-8:30 p.m. / Trivia Night
Test your knowledge on architecture, history, and more. There will be prizes!
- December 10, 6:30-8 p.m. / Program: Historic Preservation of the Museum’s Home
A fascinating panel discussion on the evolution of the Pension Building — our home, built in 1887 — and how the structure has been preserved over time, including the recent renovation of the Great Hall floor.
- December 11, 12-12:30 p.m. / Exhibition Tour with Alan Karchmer
The renowned architectural photographer walks us through his upcoming Museum exhibition, which will be available to visit when we reopen in 2021.
- December 12, 10 a.m. / Museum Collections Tour Video Release
- December 12, 12 p.m. / Virtual Museum Tour Release
- December 12, 4 p.m. / National Building Museum Birthday Video Release
To register for these events, head to go.nbm.org/calendar.
This celebration is made possible by:
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You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
Get your tickets now!
Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
Come solve a crime that took place in Takoma Park 130 years ago!
HouseMouse Books and Vintage is excited to announce the debut of Escape the Bookshop II, our new limited-run escape room experience. Escape the Bookshop II is a unique group puzzle game that is based on a real crime that took place in Takoma Park around 130 years ago. It is designed and created by HouseMouse to be played in our atmospheric little bookshop. This is not your typical corporate escape room and makes for a memorable evening out with friends or family!
Bookings are now open for game dates in January through April 2024. The game generally takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM but special arrangements can be made upon request. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. No prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy the game.
Egg Nogg Extravaganza
Join us for a festive celebration at Spirits & Spice D.C. ! Get ready to indulge in the most delicious and creamy egg nogg you’ve ever tasted paired with our liqueurs. This in-person event is the perfect