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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 Monday, October 1.


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

10 a.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.

11 a.m.–5 p.m. (National Building Museum)
Free cakepops by Baked by Yael will be available while supplies last.

11 a.m. (Hirshhorn)
For a special edition of CUENTA-CUENTOS: STORYTIME in Spanish, the museum’s youngest visitors are invited to explore architecture through a read-aloud of Pedro Perfecto, Arquitecto and a hands-on building activity.

11:30 a.m.–12 p.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, which includes 100,000 photographic images and negatives, 130,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents, and over 20,000 objects, including material samples, building fragments, and architectural toys. Limited to 10.

12:30 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
A Gallery Guide-led tour will take a deeper look at the Hirshhorn’s Brutalist architecture and the museum’s newly redesigned Lobby. ASL Interpretation will be available for this tour.

1:30 p.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.

2 p.m. (Hirshhorn)
Join National Building Museum curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino in the iconic, ringed courtyard of the Hirshhorn’s Plaza and hear why the building’s brutalist architectural aesthetic, once reviled, is now enjoying a growing appreciation.

3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (National Building Museum)
Join docent Jim Carr on a lively walking tour of “buildings with holes in them,” and learn why courtyards and atrium spaces serve an important role in the quality of architectural space.The tour begins at the Hirshhorn’s iconic 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.



September 30, 2018
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Washington, DC 20560 United States
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