National Building Museum


Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. Today the Museum occupies one of Washington's most spectacular structures which was completed in 1887 by civil engineer Montgomery C. Meigs.   The building originally housed the Pension Bureau.  Today it is widely recognized as a marvel of engineering and most of the Presidential Inaugural Balls are held in its beautiful central area.

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