Summer Mini Golf at the National Building Museum

Mini Golf National Building MuseumMini golf has returned to the National Building Museum this summer! Two 9-hole courses have been designed with unique twists and turns you won’t find at a traditional mini golf course.  It is also set up inside the beautiful museum so it is a great way to beat the summer heat!

The 9 hole courses are color coded – blue is slightly more challenging then green. We decided to be brave and try our luck with the blue course.  Some of our favorite stops included “Imagination Powers the Future” and “Tomorrow’s Water,” which was  definitely as hard as it looks.

Imagination Powers the Future National Building Museum
“Imagination Powers the Future”

The interesting designs are very fun but can make it challenging for even the best mini golfers. Traditional mini golf rules went out the window for our group by the second hole. (Read: If you can’t get over an obstacle, it is totally okay to pick up your ball and move it closer to the hole.) Each hole featured a local sponsor that designed and constructed it with the theme of “Building the Future.” Sponsors ranged from architecture firms, construction companies, government entities, professional societies, and student groups. No two holes were alike, adding plenty of variety and fun ideas along the game.

Imagination Powers the Future National Building Museum
“Imagination Powers the Future”

When we visited the Building Museum on a Sunday, we played mini golf around 2:30 after touring the museum.  The line was short for most of the day (5-10 minutes wait), but tripled in length by the time we finished playing about an hour later.  Though the course is only 9 holes, the interesting designs and plaques explaining them had us moving a little slower to take it all in.  We heard it can get very crowded, so we would recommend visiting on Sunday, early on Saturday, or playing hookie from work (avoid museum closing time – the mini golf line closes 1 hour before the museum and many will choose to jump in line right before!) The museum has extend hours until 9 pm on some weekdays so check the website for days you can visit.

Tomorrow's Water National Building Museum
“Tomorrow’s Water”

Mini golf at the museum cost $5 per course or $3 with museum admission. There are many metro stops close the museum but the Judiciary Square metro stop will drop you directly in front of the entrance. The course will close September 2 but will hopefully be back next year!

Good For:
Mini golf lovers, all ages

$5 per course; $3 with museum admission

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Closest Metro:
Judiciary Square (Red)
Gallery Pl.-Chinatown (Red, Yellow, Green)

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I'm Kelley Smith and I love sharing tips on how to best explore Washington, DC. I love pretty much anything I can eat plus really good beer and whiskey served by story telling bartenders. I also like sassy museum guides, photogenic architecture, and colorful urban gardens.
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