Military kids around the nation are reporting for Chameleon Kids and MILITARY KIDS’ LIFE magazine on the exciting adventures they are finding as the explore the interesting places military life takes them!
Take a look inside the National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C. with our military kid reporter, Faith.
Faith tells us that this is one museum you DO NOT want to miss!
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From BIG Icebergs to TINY Dollhouses: A visit to the NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
By Faith, age 14, military kid reporter
We’ve all been there before. That exceedingly dull museum which drones on and on about facts that do not seem relevant or interesting to us. However, the National Building Museum is not that museum.
Instead of boring lectures and unengaging exhibits, the museum tells the fascinating histories of architecture and how it affects our lives today, as well as containing hands on displays that are entertaining and enjoyable for everyone.
Construction of the National Building Museum began in 1882, and finished in 1887.
Interesting Fact: Its building engineer was Quarter Master General Montgomery Meigs, who was also one of the main architects of Arlington National Cemetery.
Admission for the museum is free through the Blue Star Museums program; however, you will have to pay a small price to see the summer Icebergs attraction (which looks really awesome).
The museum’s Great Hall has been used for several different functions, spanning from presidential inaugural balls to private parties. According to Brett Rodgers, the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the museum, starting July 2, a new exhibit will open in the Great Hall:
One of the museum’s intriguing exhibits is Small Stories, a traveling display from the Victoria and Albert museum in London, which consists of dollhouses that originate from different time periods and reveals how their purpose changed. This interactive exhibition is one that younger children are bound to enjoy.
Other exhibits of the museum include House and Home, Luminous Landscapes, and Cool and Collected. During the summer, the National Building Museum sponsors summer camps for younger children and Teen Events for teenagers.
Another fact about the museum is that in one of its many columns, a time capsule is stored for the future, comprised of items such as old newspapers originating from the 1800s.
The museum as a whole is an amazing structure and the sight of the beautiful design is absolutely breathtaking. Eight towering base columns on either side of the great hall have supported the building since its construction, and have been preserved marvelously through the decades. About half a million people visit the museum each year, and hopefully, you and your family will join those who have experienced the National Building Museum’s wonders.
Thank you to the National Building Museum, Blue Star Families, and the National Endowment for the Arts for hosting our military kid reporter!
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A FREE place to have FUN!
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Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment. As one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C., we welcome visitors from around the world to our exhibitions, public programs, and festivals.
Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.
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