Monday, October 1 is World Architecture Day,
which marks the 70th anniversary of the Union of International
Architects. Celebrate architecture with activities at two iconic D.C. buildings: the National Building Museum and the Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden. Drop
into either or both museums for tours, talks, activities, and more.
World Architecture Day will also be celebrated on Monday, October 1.
Free cakepops by Baked by Yael at the National Building Museum while supplies last on September 30 and October 1.
National Building Museum's Collections
11:30 am–Noon and 12:30–1 pm
Limited to 10. Take a behind the scenes tour of the Museum’s collection. See just a part of our collection, which includes 100,000 photographic images and negatives, 130,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents, and over 20,000 objects, including material samples, building fragments, and architectural toys.
Historic Building Tour
Limited to 25. Take an informative, fascinating tour of the Museum’s historic home, offered by trained docents. Come face-to-face with the colossal capitals of the Corinthian columns as you tour the Museum’s fourth floor, and more!
Walking Tour between Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden and National Building Museum
3–4:30 pm, rain or shine.
Limited to 25. Join Museum docent Jim Carr on a lively tour of “buildings with holes in them”, and learn why courtyards and atrium spaces serve an important role in the quality of architectural space. The tour begins at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s iconic courtyard and concludes in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall.
Brutalism: The Architecture We Love to Hate
Limited to 30. Join National Building Museum curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino within the iconic ringed courtyard at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and hear why that building’s brutalist architectural aesthetic, once reviled, is now enjoying a growing appreciation.