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National Building Museum to Temporarily Close for Great Hall Repairs
Posted Friday, October 25

Construction is scheduled December 2 to March 2020.

On December 2, 2019 the National Building Museum will close to the public to begin necessary repairs in its historic Great Hall. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will oversee the extensive project to replace the current concrete floor with a modern foundation, ensuring the long-term preservation of the Museum’s historic home. The Museum will reopen in spring 2020.

Chartered by an Act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020. Its historic home, however, is much older, first opening its doors in 1885 as the United States Pension Building. Upon opening as a Museum its mandate included preserving one of the few Italian Renaissance Revival buildings of its day.

Upon completion this spring, the Museum will re-open with a full slate of fresh and innovative programs.

Visitors will discover a new Visitor Center, designed to illuminate the Museum’s mission and guide their experience. With a new classroom on the ground floor, and new exhibitions on the second, the space will also become easier to navigate. Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer will open with the building, and the Architecture & Design Film Festival: D.C. will take place March 26-29. Two evocative and timely exhibitions will follow soon thereafter: Architecture is Never Neutral: The Work of MASS Design Group, including a prototype of their National Gun Violence Memorial, and The Wall/El Muro: What is a Border Wall?, examining the border wall from the perspective of architecture and design.

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