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National Building Museum to host Bauhaus-Fest, Oct. 6

For its World Architecture Day celebrations, the National Building Museum will host Bauhaus-Fest, an all-day commemoration of the Bauhaus centennial, on October 6. The Bauhaus school was founded in 1919 by modernist master Walter Gropius in Germany, and its influence still resonates today.

National Building Museum Bauhaus-Fest Schedule of Activities:

11 am–3 pm, ongoing

  • Virtual Tour of the Bauhaus Take a virtual reality tour exploring the Bauhaus school’s building in Dessau Germany.

  • Community-Created Architecture Manifesto Following the example of the Bauhaus originators, contribute your design vision for thefuture through a community-created manifesto.

  • Build It Like the Bauhaus Bring the youngest family members to practice design and construction using simple shapes and primary colors inspired by Bauhaus design principles. Designed for children under 5 years old.

  • Story Time Celebrate modern architecture around the world with the DC Public Library – enjoy a story time, check out a book. Designed for children under 5 years old. Get inspired any time with this curated book list from DC Public Library.

  • Discover Design-Discover Bauhaus Workshop Learn how to create a simple chair design based on Bauhaus design principals. All ages.

11:30 am–Noon and 1–1:30 pm Museum Collections Tour - Limited space Tour the Museum’s collections, including the Raymond Kaskey architectural art collection and David Kemnitzer’s paper model collection, highlights from our World’s Fair House of Tomorrow furniture, the Architectural Toy collection, and David Weingarten Collection of 20th Century Souvenir Buildings. Onsite registration for the Museum Collections Tours begin at 11 am and are first come, first served.

1:30–2 pm Talk: Bauhaus Now-haus Learn about Bauhaus’ impact and legacy with Museum curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino. This community day is produced in conjunction with the Wunderbar Together-Germany and the US initiative and in partnership with the Goethe Institute, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and DC Public Library.




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