National Building Museum

Image from nbm.org

Image from nbm.org

Did you know that the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. has the largest architectural toy collection in North America? This one-of-a-kind permanent collection explores the ways in which blocks and other building toys inspire learning and foster imagination, allowing children and adults alike to bring their ideas to life. The collection holds over 2,300 toys from the 1860s to the 1990s, and traces the history of beloved childhood favorites, such as Legos and Lincoln Logs, and showcases rare international toys and sophisticated models. In conjunction with the permanent collection on display, the interactive, curriculum-based PLAY WORK BUILD, for children of all ages, and the Building Zone, for preschoolers, invites visitors to experiment with a variety of large and small blocks. 

The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Check out the museum's excellent website to plan your visit and learn more about their extensive collection and dynamic exhibitions.