The Big Build Returns to the National Building Museum

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Courtesy National Building Museum

The National Building Museum (401 F St. NW) has announced that The Big Build will return to the Museum on Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This popular annual event has been hosted at the Museum for more than a decade and is returning for the first time since 2019.

The free hands-on community day invites visitors of all ages (but mostly kids) to channel their inner builder and discover what it’s like to wear a hard hat, hammer a nail or drill a hole. Participants can visit dozens of different interactive stations presented by contractors, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, carpenters, and professionals in many other fields to explore and learn about their careers, skills and hobbies.

Activities include a nail-driving contest and structural engineering station with an earthquake simulation to discover how buildings can be built to be more stable. Outside, the Museum’s West Lawn will transform into a “Petting Zoo” filled with construction equipment. Heavy machinery including a crane will be open for exploration.

Learn more about the event and get tickets at nbm.org.