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Montgomery County, Maryland
September 8, 2011
February 21, 2009
From journal The Great Indoors
January 17, 2006
From journal Non-Smithsonian Museums Around DC
August 12, 2005
Inside the building at its center is the Great Hall, measuring 316 feet by 116 feet, and featuring some of the highest interior columns in the world. The hall is breathtaking. It's almost 15 stories high at its tallest point. Surrounding the Great Hall are 72 terra-cotta columns in the Doric style. Encircling the second floor are 72 Ionic columns made from cast iron. In the center of the Great Hall are eight massive Corinthian columns, each consisting of 70,000 bricks and covered with marbleized plaster.
The building originally housed the US Pension Bureau, serving a multitude of Civil War veterans and their families. The museum was founded in 1980 by an act of Congress, and its doors were opened to the public in 1985. It has since become a popular place for social events, including 15 inaugural balls.
Today, the museum hosts exhibits and public programs that celebrate achievements in architecture, engineering, and construction and appeal to people from all walks of life. You do not have to be an engineer or architect to enjoy and appreciate this museum.
Facilities include a museum gift shop and the High Noon Café, a snack bar for sandwiches and salads. You can eat your lunch in the grandeur of the Great Hall. The facilities are accessible.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Free building tours are conducted Monday through Wednesday at 12:30pm and Thursday through Saturday at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. Reservations are not necessary. It's located very near the Judiciary Square (Red Line) Metro or a short walk from the Chinatown/MCI exit (Green and Yellow lines).
From journal Penn Quarter - Cultural and Urban Revitalization
Mountain View, California
June 14, 2002
From journal Off the Beaten Path Inside the Beltway