National Building Museum

Family Afternoon: Tinker City

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Picture the city of the future — then build it, make it, shape it, and share it! We're celebrating Week of Making with a unique urban planning project in our Great Hall. Drop in and join fellow makers of all ages and experience levels in creating a collective model of an imaginative metropolis. Use unusual and creative materials to solve real urban planning challenges in miniature, or make something original that improves the cityscape. 

Create a city of sundries and scraps, courtesy of our friends at Community Forklift and the closets and drawers of the National Building Museum.

Use hand-tools and hardware to erect your utopia of odds and ends. The Museum will provide all the tools you need to build a city from the ground-up.

Prepare for disaster on a guided tour of the Museum's Designing for Disaster exhibition at 2:30 pm.

Explore the built environment with unique objects from the National Building Museum's collections. Chat with Collections staff and check out an unrealized plan for Washington, D.C.: Léon Krier's 1984 "Flooded Mall" model.

Change your community. Tinker City evolves as new people add, subtract, and redesign — just like a real city.

Drop-in program. All ages. $5 donation suggested. 
Tinker City is part of the Week of Making. The Week of Making provides opportunities for making and supports makers, builders, and doers across the nation.

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center that finds new uses for overstock and gently-used building materials. By keeping usable building materials from going into the trash, Community Forklift saves the environment while saving local builders money. 

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.