The House & Home Exhibit

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Do you remember playing with dollhouses as a child, or how about building homes out of Lego’s or Lincoln Logs? The concept of home is something we experience from a very young age, after all, as the new long-term exhibit House & Home at the National Building Museum points out, “We all live somewhere.” The House & Home exhibit explores a subject so wide and so fundamental to the American way of life that it resonates with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. A visit to any of the Washington, D.C. based National Building Museum’s exhibit starts with taking in the grandeur of the museum itself. Located in the historic Pension Building, a towering Italian Revival structure, the museum opened in 1980, with a mission to “to advance the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives (About the National Building Museum, 2016).” The museum 's great hall features 75 foot high corinthian columns, as well as a 1,200 foot long, 3 foot high frieze designed by Caspar Buberl in 1899. The very structure of this museum is an exhibit in and of itself, and it sets the stage for discussions about the evolution of American architecture, investigations into why we live where we do, and explorations of work and play. House & Home is the National Building Museum’s newest long term exhibit, which opened in 2012 to positive public and critical reception. The Washington Post summary and review of the exhibition concludes “House & Home’ does a good job of
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