Fun House Installation, DC | Photo: Noah Kalina

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018
Museum Hours:
Monday - Saturday 10AM - 5PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM
The Building Zone closes at 4PM

Hot Spot: The National Building Museum, Washington, DC

Deets: Fun House, designed by Snarkitecture, is the latest in the Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall.

Fun House is Snarkitecture’s first comprehensive museum exhibition, examining the prolific activities of the studio throughout the entirety of the Great Hall. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition is presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house—a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. Fun Houseincludes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects, like Dig (2011) and Drift(2012), as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.

In the Museum’s west court, or “front yard,” a custom recreation of A Memorial Bowing (2012), welcomes visitors into the space. Visitors exit the house towards the east court, or “backyard,” greeted by Playhouse (2017) and a kidney-shaped pool filled with hundreds of thousands of recyclable plastic balls, reminiscent of The BEACH (2015-17).

Founded in 2008 by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, and joined by partner Benjamin Porto in 2014, Snarkitecture is a New York- based collaborative practice operating between art and architecture. Best known for their playful approach to material and the reinterpretation of everyday objects and environments—from the raw, yet refined interiors of various Kith and COS stores to immersive installations at Salone del Mobile, the New Museum, Design Miami, and more—the studio’s tenth anniversary represents an opportune time to explore past work in a brand new format.

Hint For The Average Socialite: GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Online tickets are available until midnight EST the night before. Same day tickets are subject to availability and are distributed onsite on a first-come, first-served basis. Check date listings below.

Choose your date and time below for Fun House tickets at the National Building Museum. Same day tickets are available onsite only. Tickets are timed and include one hour in Fun House and access to all other Museum exhibitions. Tickets for August will be released July 13.

Free: National Building Museum Members; join today.
$16: Adult
$13: Youth (ages 3-17), Student with ID, Senior (ages 60+), AARP Member with ID
$10: Blue Star (ages 3+; limit 6 per family with military ID)

*After you purchase your tickets, look out for a confirmation email.

*When arriving at the Museum, proceed to the advance ticket line to pick up your wristband. The ticket line is located near the 5th street entrance to the Museum. Wristbands will be required for entry to Museum exhibitions and Fun House.

*Museum Member, AARP Member, Student, Senior, and Blue Star Ticket holders must present valid Member Card, student ID, or valid active duty military ID to redeem wristbands.

*Allow a minimum of two hours for your visit to the Museum. Please note the Museum closes at 5 pm daily. If your Fun House timed ticket is after 3:30 pm you may want to arrive early to see Museum exhibitions prior to entering Fun House.

*Please line up at the Fun House entrance 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Your timed entry is valid for one hour. A new ticket purchase will be required for re-entry.

*Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged. They are valid only for the date and time 
specified when purchased.

*If you do not want to visit Fun House, exhibitions-only tickets are available onsite and are $10 for Adults, and $7 for Youth/Student/Seniors. The exhibition Evicted is free.

*Members can reserve Fun House tickets immediately upon completion of your membership purchase. If you are still unable to make your reservation, please contact our membership department at 202.272.2448 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm), or, for assistance.

Are you a Museum Member with questions? Check out our Member FAQ.

Times marked with a strike-through are sold out.

By entering Fun House you release the National Building Museum, Snarkitecture, and the US Government from any liability for injuries and/or losses that may arise out of your participation. You agree to assume all risk of personal injury. You, for yourself, and any minors under your supervision agree to follow the safety instructions provided and acknowledge that failure to do so may result in expulsion from the National Building Museum.

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