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Celebrate World Architecture Day with activities at the Hirshhorn and National Building Museum for art and architecture lovers of all ages. Don’t miss special STORYTIME programs, tours, talks, and more!

World Architecture Day will also be celebrated on Sunday, September 30.


10 p.m.–5 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
The Hirshhorn’s social, humanoid robot, Pepper, will be available in the lobby to discuss the Hirshhorn building’s architectural history.

12 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
Visitors can take a self-guided architecture tour using Hirshhorn Eye, the museum’s new instant mobile art guide, to learn more about the Hirshhorn building, the newly redesigned Hiroshi Sugimoto lobby, and select works on view directly from artists who made them – all from the comfort of their own mobile device.

10 a.m. (Hirshhorn)
For a special edition of STORYTIME, the museum’s youngest visitors are invited to explore architecture through a read-aloud of Iggy Peck Architect and a hands-on building activity.

11 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. (National Building Museum)
Take a behind the scenes tour of the National Building Museum’s collection. Limited to 10.

11:30 a.m. (National Building Museum)
Take an informative, fascinating tour of the National Building Museum’s historic home, offered by trained docents. Come face-to-face with the colossal capitals of the Corinthian columns as you tour the Museum’s fourth floor, and more.

12:30 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
Join Sharon Park, the Smithsonian’s associate director of architectural history and historic preservation, for a lunchtime talk on the plaza exploring the History of the Hirshhorn.

2 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
With Hirshhorn/DRAW, visitors are invited to explore the architecture of Huang Yong Ping’s Abbottabad through the lens of pencil on paper. Graphite pencils and paper welcome. No wet materials will be allowed in the galleries.

3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (National Building Museum)
Join National Building Museum curator G. Martin Moeller on a walking tour between the Hirshhorn and the National Building Museum, noting architectural icons along the way .The tour begins at the Hirshhorn’s courtyard and concludes in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall.

3:30 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
A Gallery Guide will lead a tour of works on view to discover the surprising and innovative ways that art and architecture can be linked.

5 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
Smithsonian Architect Andrew Scott and FAA Strategic Sustainment Manager Greg Rea come together to discuss “the Stewardship of Permanence,” a cross-discipline initiative focusing on the challenges and considerations that should be addressed when building facilities intended to last for many generations, like museums, monuments, and civic buildings.


October 1, 2018
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Washington, DC 20560 United States
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