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401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 United States
202-272-2448 NBM.org

NBM-Exterior_View-from-Police-Memorial-760x425The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment. We do this by telling the stories of architecture, engineering, and design. As one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C., we welcome visitors from around the world to our exhibitions, programs, and festivals. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.

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December 2017

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

December 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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This is a special docent-led tour of the National Building Museum’s Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017.  Explore the complex history of the federal government’s pioneering mental health hospital. Learn about theories on how architecture was thought to affect treatment for mental illness. See the plans for the site’s use in the future. This exhibition features site models, patient artworks, treatment equipment, and other objects that illuminate the history and life of those who worked and lived on the campus.

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March 2018

The Pilot District Project, 1968-1971

March 31, 2018 - October 1, 2018
National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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In 1968, the eyes of a troubled nation were focused on Washington, D.C. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ensuing widespread neighborhood destruction that followed in the district and nationwide, what would come next? Would D.C.’s political and community leaders rise to the occasion? A new exhibition organized in partnership with the National Building Museum as part of a city-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination and other historical events in 1968, the…

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