|National Building Museum|
After a 28 minute metro ride, we exited at the Judiciary Square stop, and paid our $8.00 per person entrance fee into the museum. Oh yes, and subjected ourselves to the customary airport type security check of our bags and persons.
The National Building Museum is America's leading cultural institution devoted to building and design. Visitors from around the world learn about everything to do with architecture, engineering, and construction. This landmark building has held all sorts of official gatherings, including many of the presidential inaugural balls, mainly because of its large size and stately features.
|View of the Great Hall|
|View of the Great Hall from the fourth floor walkway|
|Fountain in the Great Hall|
|Design at the top of the columns|
|Busts in the highest level|
|Design on the building exterior|
In "Designing For Disaster," we saw clearly how design can, and does, reduce our risk and increase our resiliency to the most destructive forces of nature. From seismic retrofits and safe rooms to firebreaks and floodplain management, this gallery showcases how regional, community, and individual preparedness are the best antidotes to disaster. It was kinda fun to build small model houses and then turn on the tiny hurricane simulator to see which homes would blow away.
In "Cool and Collected: Recent Acquisitions," the museum's storage room opened to the public with a display of some special objects. Dozens of objects from the Museum's collection - from a 9 foot tall statue to a tiny dollhouse chair - illustrate the various ways we can learn about architecture and design. I always get a kick out of some of those very detailed doll houses and their furnishings.
|One of the building method displays|
Basically this museum had everything relative to buildings, how to build them, and things that are inside them. I particularly enjoyed looking at the collection of vintage things that can be found in many people's homes. I guess I didn't realize that some of MY stuff is really that old.
Next: The Crime Museum