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A well-designed building is much more than the sum of its parts. That’s particularly true of the National Building Museum. The magnificient brick structure we occupy is not only our home; it’s also a case study of achievement in the building arts.

Use this podcast to tour the Museum and learn more about its structure. Printed maps and supplements are available at the Museum’s information desk .

Learn more about the Museum and where to find us in Washington, D.C. at http://www.nbm.org

Latest Episodes

Tour Stop 1: Welcome

Location: the Museum’s ground floor. Executive Director Chase Rynd welcomes you to the National Building Museum’s historic home. Listen for the chime at the end of each tour stop; you’ll receive brief directions to the next stop. Also refer to the printed maps available at the information desk. Look for the numbered, red markers as you walk the building - these indicate a stop.

1 MIN2011 SEP 11
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Tour Stop 1: Welcome

Tour Stop 2: The Great Hall

Location: 5th Street entrance. National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos sheds light on the spectacular Great Hall, the heart of the Museum and its activities.

2 MIN2011 SEP 10
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Tour Stop 2: The Great Hall

Tour Stop 3: The Corinthian Columns

Location: ground floor, G Street entrance. The enormous, ornate columns that dominate the Museum’s Great Hall are explained by senior vice president and curator Martin Moeller.

1 MIN2011 SEP 9
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Tour Stop 3: The Corinthian Columns

Tour Stop 4: Urns and Busts

Location: elevator to third floor. Dr. Cynthia Field, a National Building Museum founder, examines the unique urns which line the upper floors. She also discusses the intriguing busts found in the upper cornice niches.

2 MIN2011 SEP 8
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Tour Stop 4: Urns and Busts

Tour Stop 5: Stairs and West Frieze

Location: third floor, stairs on the 5th Street side. Museum docent Jim Carr looks at Meigs’ unique design for the building’s stairways as well as a sample of Caspar Buberl’s Civil War frieze.

2 MIN2011 SEP 7
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Tour Stop 5: Stairs and West Frieze

Tour Stop 6: Pension Commissioner’s Suite

Location: second floor, southwest corner. Former tours coordinator Linda Lyons explains the Pension Commissioner’s Suite on the third floor of the building.

2 MIN2011 SEP 6
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Tour Stop 6: Pension Commissioner’s Suite

Tour Stop 7: Time Capsule Column

Location: second floor, F Street side stairs/elevator. Teen intern Jasmine Marr reveals the mystery behind a column with a missing piece on the second floor of the building.

1 MIN2011 SEP 5
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Tour Stop 7: Time Capsule Column

Tour Stop 8: Document Track

Location: view from the second floor. National Building Museum docent Kim Toufectis explains a truly unique feature of the former Pension Building - an anachronistic metal track ringing the upper floor’s administrative office area.

1 MIN2011 SEP 4
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Tour Stop 8: Document Track

Tour Stop 9: Exterior Façade and Windows

Location: outside the building, opposite the G Street entrance. Curator Susan Piedmont Palladino discusses the brick exterior of the National Building Museum.

2 MIN2011 SEP 3
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Tour Stop 9: Exterior Façade and Windows

Tour Stop 10: Exterior Frieze and Sculptures

Location: outside, opposite the 5th Street entrance. Jessie Cochran, development events manager at the National Building Museum, shares the stories of the unique frieze encircling the building and the sculptures adorning the lawn.

2 MIN2011 SEP 2
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Tour Stop 10: Exterior Frieze and Sculptures

Latest Episodes

Tour Stop 1: Welcome

Location: the Museum’s ground floor. Executive Director Chase Rynd welcomes you to the National Building Museum’s historic home. Listen for the chime at the end of each tour stop; you’ll receive brief directions to the next stop. Also refer to the printed maps available at the information desk. Look for the numbered, red markers as you walk the building - these indicate a stop.

1 MIN2011 SEP 11
Comments
Tour Stop 1: Welcome

Tour Stop 2: The Great Hall

Location: 5th Street entrance. National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos sheds light on the spectacular Great Hall, the heart of the Museum and its activities.

2 MIN2011 SEP 10
Comments
Tour Stop 2: The Great Hall

Tour Stop 3: The Corinthian Columns

Location: ground floor, G Street entrance. The enormous, ornate columns that dominate the Museum’s Great Hall are explained by senior vice president and curator Martin Moeller.

1 MIN2011 SEP 9
Comments
Tour Stop 3: The Corinthian Columns

Tour Stop 4: Urns and Busts

Location: elevator to third floor. Dr. Cynthia Field, a National Building Museum founder, examines the unique urns which line the upper floors. She also discusses the intriguing busts found in the upper cornice niches.

2 MIN2011 SEP 8
Comments
Tour Stop 4: Urns and Busts

Tour Stop 5: Stairs and West Frieze

Location: third floor, stairs on the 5th Street side. Museum docent Jim Carr looks at Meigs’ unique design for the building’s stairways as well as a sample of Caspar Buberl’s Civil War frieze.

2 MIN2011 SEP 7
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Tour Stop 5: Stairs and West Frieze

Tour Stop 6: Pension Commissioner’s Suite

Location: second floor, southwest corner. Former tours coordinator Linda Lyons explains the Pension Commissioner’s Suite on the third floor of the building.

2 MIN2011 SEP 6
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Tour Stop 6: Pension Commissioner’s Suite

Tour Stop 7: Time Capsule Column

Location: second floor, F Street side stairs/elevator. Teen intern Jasmine Marr reveals the mystery behind a column with a missing piece on the second floor of the building.

1 MIN2011 SEP 5
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Tour Stop 7: Time Capsule Column

Tour Stop 8: Document Track

Location: view from the second floor. National Building Museum docent Kim Toufectis explains a truly unique feature of the former Pension Building - an anachronistic metal track ringing the upper floor’s administrative office area.

1 MIN2011 SEP 4
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Tour Stop 8: Document Track

Tour Stop 9: Exterior Façade and Windows

Location: outside the building, opposite the G Street entrance. Curator Susan Piedmont Palladino discusses the brick exterior of the National Building Museum.

2 MIN2011 SEP 3
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Tour Stop 9: Exterior Façade and Windows

Tour Stop 10: Exterior Frieze and Sculptures

Location: outside, opposite the 5th Street entrance. Jessie Cochran, development events manager at the National Building Museum, shares the stories of the unique frieze encircling the building and the sculptures adorning the lawn.

2 MIN2011 SEP 2
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Tour Stop 10: Exterior Frieze and Sculptures