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National Building Museum
401 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
National Building Museum.
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The National Building Museum is a museum of "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning." The museum hosts various temporary exhibits in galleries around the spacious Great Hall. The building, completed in 1887, served as the Pension Building, housing the United States Pension Bureau, and hosted several presidential inaugural balls. It is an important early large-scale example of Renaissance Revival architecture, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
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