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Icebergs!

The National Building Museum has a new summer exhibit called ICEBERGS where visitors can explore a fantastical glacial sea designed by landscape architects, ascend to a viewing area inside the tallest berg, traverse an undersea bridge or slide down an ice chute, and learn about how design can transform spaces and lives.

icebergs_tim-schenckICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum.

The National Building Museum has Ward Days where members with a valid ID can enter the exhibit free of charge (non-member ticket prices are $16 for adults and $13 for youth/students). The Ward 5 day for free admission to the Iceberg exhibit is on July 26th from 9 am to 11 am.

Logistical details for a visit on Ward 5 Day are below:

  • ICEBERGS open at 9 am on each Ward Day; other Museum exhibitions open at 10 am. Ward Day hours last from 9-11 am
  • All visitors must use the main F St. NW doors between 4th and 5th Streets NW
  • Your Ward Day eligibility is determined by your zip code, please bring a valid form of I.D. with zip code
  • The general public will be admitted to ICEBERGS and the Museum starting at 10 am
  • All visitors must check in at the Museum’s admissions desk to receive their complimentary admission wristband

Where’s the Closest Beach? Downtown DC!

You might have been hearing about DC’s new and temporary beach. The National Building Museum and a firm called Snarkitecture have teamed up to install a 10,000 sq ft artificial ocean with 750,000 translucent balls. The beach comes with chairs, paddleball, a snack bar, and a vast ball pit but sunscreen is not required.

While there is a fee for entry, the NBM is holding Ward Days at the Beach with free entry for residents. The Ward 5 Day at the Beach is on August 11th from 9 am to 11 am. Wards are determined by zip code so you need to take a valid form of identification to benefit from the free entry on August 11th. Check in at the admissions desk for a wristband to permit free entry.

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