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National Building Museum Celebrates 35th Anniversary


Dec 11, 2015

Free Admission and Special Activities Mark the Occasion

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum is celebrating 35 years since an Act of Congress established the nation’s only museum dedicated to the history and impact of the built environment. To commemorate the special occasion, the Museum is launching a “35 Days of Giving” campaign, running Thanksgiving through the end of the year and including a free admission day on the Museum’s birthday, December 12.

Each day during the anniversary campaign will feature perks for visitors and members, stories from the Museum’s history, or donor opportunities. In addition to free exhibition admission for all visitors on Saturday, December 12, the Museum’s birthday will feature special activities such as a LEGO community build, in which families, visitors of all ages, and built environment professionals are welcome to build and rebuild a collective structure throughout the day. Complimentary tours will focus on the Museum’s establishment and the restoration of its historic home. There will also be a giveaway (limited quantities) for Museum members of anniversary-related treats.

Other special events and offers include:

November 28: Near the end of the Canstruction display, visitors can save $1 off admission by bringing in a canned food item for donation
November 30: For Cyber Monday, all Museum Shop orders over $50 receive free shipping
December 5, 12, 19, 26: 1980 Days, offering free admission for those born in 1980
December 1–12: Member Shopping Days, during which Museum members receive an additional 10% off their Museum Shop purchase
December 5 and 6: popular Gingerbread Workshops, with sessions for families and adults
A special deal from the Museum’s Firehook Café: the bakery’s most beloved cookies at mini-size for $.35 per cookie
Special Museum-related products in the Museum Shop
Incentives for contributing to the Museum during this time, including on #GivingTuesday (December 1)
“This is a time to have some fun celebrating our achievements over the last thirty five years, during which we have presented hundreds of exhibitions and thousands of educational programs to increase public knowledge of the built environment,” said Chase W. Rynd, National Building Museum executive director. “But it’s also a chance to look forward and secure our role of engaging our visitors with the most important stories of architecture, engineering, construction, and design.”

“35 Days of Giving” is supported by these generous donors. The Museum Free Day is generously supported by Lowes.

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.

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