The Summer Block Party exhibits at the National Building Museum have become known among families for being don’t-miss exhibits.  We all know and love last year’s amazing The BEACH and this year’s ICEBERGS exhibit is beautiful and worth a visit.

ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum

ICEBERGS is full of over 30 translucent representations of icebergs.  Some are suspended from the ceiling, some soar to the ceiling, some are open to explore, and some seemingly float in the air.  Walking through the exhibit is awe-inspiring, but there is no question that the highlight for children is a large iceberg in the center of the exhibit that has a small observation platform from which to view everything, including the icebergs suspended along the second floor, and my kids’ favorite, two super-fast slides.

ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum

Once you have had your fun exploring, grab a triangular floor pillow (which look like chunks of ice) and hang out for a while.  There is also Japanese kakigori shaved ice provided by the restaurant Daikaya for sale for $7.00.

While at the National Building Museum consider visiting their other family-friendly interactive exhibits, Play Work Build and The Building Zone.

ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is one of my family’s favorite summer destinations and seeing ICEBERGS is an awe-inspiring way to send an afternoon (or evening) this season.    And the nice thing about this year’s exhibit is that admission includes all of the other National Building Museum exhibits as well.

ICEBERGS is open daily untll September 5, 2016.   Admission to ICEBERGS is as follows and you can purchase tickets online:

  • $10 museum member/Blue Star eligible Active Duty Military.
  • $5 museum members/Blue Star Youth.
  • $16/adult non-member.
  • $13/youth non-member.
  • Ticket must be used on the date selected and is non-transferable. Admission is first come, first served (no timed entry).
  • Although tickets can be purchased on-site we recommend purchasing ahead of time in order to shorten the wait to enter during busy periods.

ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum

Late Nights
The Museum is also presenting ICEBERGS Late Nights every Wednesday during the run, 6 to 10 p.m. (separate ticket required). Late Nights are “all ages” and feature after-hours opportunities to explore the installation and other current exhibitions, participate in optional educational programming, and enjoy food and beverages for sale from featured guest restaurants. Confirmed special guests include restaurants Maketto, The BBQ Joint, DGS, Port City Brewing Company, Union Kitchen, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Beefsteak, and 9th Street Hospitality. Confirmed musical guests include White Ford Bronco and Bumper Jacksons.   Late Nights would make a great date night or Moms Night Out.  Full dates and details can be found online.

Photos courtesy of Jamie Davis Smith.

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