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National Building Museum

401 F Street Northwest, National Law Enforcement Memorial, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Built between 1882 and 1887, the National Building Museum is housed in the former U.S. Pensions Bureau, which handled pensions for Civil War Veterans. A 1,200 foot long frieze around the building exterior between the first and second stories depicts scenes of Civil War military units.


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Driving from Northern VA on I-66: I-66 becomes Constitution Avenue, follow Constitution Ave east to 6th Street and turn left onto 6th Street. Follow 6th Street and make a right onto F Street. Follow F Street east to 5th Street. The Museum is on the north side of F Street between 4th and 5th Streets; metered parking is available on all sides of the building. Please visit our website to view directions from other locations.

Visitor Services

Museum, handicapped accessible, metered parking, information

Regular Events

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Admission Fee

Adults $8.00, youth $5.00, museum members and children under 2 free


Museum and Museum Shop: Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM - 5:00PM



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