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The summer block party at the National Building Museum begins July 6th!

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

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The summer block party at the National Building Museum begins July 6th!

Hive is here!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The official beginning of the summer block party at the National Building Museum. I’m a member of the museum, something I encourage you all to be, so Ooey and I have been watching this year’s installation, Hive, undergo construction for a few weeks now. I’m lucky they still let us in after a mishap we had because after today’s early preview I know we’ll be spending a ton of time in this exhibit.

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang.

Hive = girl power

Hive is the installation taking over the grand hall this year. Designed by Studio Gang; a woman run, award winning design firm based in Chicago and New York. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, points out that within the main hall of the Building Museum the acoustics create an almost outdoor environment, it’s hard to hear anything about 10 feet away.

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

Hive creates three chambers within the main lobby where people can congregate, and hear one another. The chambers are made of 2,578 thick paper tubes of 90 different sizes and create the feeling of being surrounded by trees. Other things you may hear within the exhibit are wind chimes and xylophones, each side chamber has noise makers that kids will love to engage with.

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

Hive is the tallest installation to ever be in the main hall and the tops out at 56.5 feet. The colors of the tube were chosen by Studio Gang and the pink inner layer pays homage to the Women’s March on Washington DC who’s defining color was pink.

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

the interactive tubular xylophone!

Watch the video tour below!


hill country BBQ

Free community days

I personally think that everyone should be a member of the National Building Museum. It’s $90/year. Let me say that again, it’s NINTEY DOLLARS A YEAR- there are play spaces that cost that a month! Benefits include free access to Hive and the two distinct play areas for children, and admission for four people (who do not have to be related to you) with every visit. But if you’re not convinced you can go see Hive for FREE during Ward days, see schedule below. (A Ward is a DC thing).

July 18, 9–11 am : Ward Days (Ward 3, 8)

July 25, 9–11 am: Ward Days (Ward 1, 6)

August 1, 9–11 am: Ward Days (Ward 4, 2)

August 8, 9–11 am: Ward Days (Ward 5, 7)

 

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

Full list of events at Hive

July 3, 6- 8 pm: Member Preview Night
July 4, 10 am–5pm: Exhibition Opening
July 5, 6–9 pm: Late Night
July 6, 7–8:30pm: Spotlight on Design : Jeanne Gang
July 7, 6– 8 am: Daybreaker
July 8,11 am –2 pm: Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
July 9, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
July 11, 6:30–8 pm: Talk: Acoustic Interactions
July 12, 6–9 pm: Late Night
July 13, 3–4 pm: DISCOVERED! The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians
July 15, 11 am–2 pm: Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
July 16, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
July 18, 9–11 am : Ward Days (Ward 3, 8)
July 19, 6–9 pm: Late Night
July 22, 11 am–2 pm: Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
July 23, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
July 25, 9–11 am: Ward Days (Ward 1, 6)
July 26, 6–9 pm: Late Night
July 27, 3–4 pm: DISCOVERED! The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians
July 29, 11 am–2 pm:Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
July 30, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
August 1, 9–11 am: Ward Days (Ward 4, 2)
August 2, 6–9 pm: Late Night
August 6, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
August 7, 10 am–Noon: Blue Star Family Morning
August 8, 9–11 am: Ward Days (Ward 5, 7)
August 9, 6–9 pm: Late Night
August 10, 6–9 pm: Teen Night
August 13, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
August 16, 6–9 pm: Late Night
August 17, 3–4 pm:DISCOVERED! The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians
August 19, 11 am–2 pm: Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
August 20, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
August 23, 6–9 pm: Late Night and Teacher Appreciation Night
August 26, 11 am–2 pm: Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
August 27, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
August 30, 6–9 pm: Late Night
August 31, 3–4 pm:DISCOVERED! The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians
September 2,11 am–2 pm: Interactive Sound Experiences to Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!
September 3, 2–3 pm: Free Concert
 Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

Hill Country BBQ

(opens July 6th)
Thursdays and Fridays, 4–9 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 12–9 pm

Hill Country BBQ will have a pop up restaurant outside the National Building Museum all summer. They’ll be featuring their award winning BBQ, boozy frozen drinks and live music Friday-Sunday. The venue will be kid and dog friendly.

 

Hive by Studio Gang is this years feature exhibit at the 2017 National Building Museum's summer block party. 2017

And don’t miss Wright on the Walls

Wright on The Walls at The National Building Museum

Also at the National Building Museum right now is Wright on the Walls. This is one of those exhibits that I thought was too good to be true when I read the press release but totally delivered! You can read my review, here.

When & Where

401 F Street NW Washington DC

Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
The Building Zone closes at 4 pm

Hive runs from July 6th- September 4th at the National Building Museum

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