D.C. Museum Explores Design with Mini-Golf

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., builds an indoor miniature golf course.
by Tina Trenkner | July 11, 2012 AT 6:00 PM

Explore the world of design this summer armed with a putter and golf ball at the National Building Museum’s newest interactive exhibit.

The National Building Museum partnered with Washington D.C. area architects, landscape architects and contractors to build an indoor miniature golf course.

“We just thought it would be fun,” Sarah Leavitt, curator for the museum said.

Each hole is a unique design inspired from iconic D.C. architecture, landscapes, bridges, and monuments or entirely from the architect’s imagination. The museum invited leading architecture firms and individuals to participate in the exhibit, which will award Best in Show and a People’s Choice award to outstanding designs.

“We expect to draw families, couples, and groups of friends to mini-golf and to dazzle them with an architecturally impressive course,” said Chase W. Rynd, the Museum’s president and executive director. “And they’ll beat the heat.”

The12- hole one-of-a-kind golf course opened July 4 and will remain until Labor Day. Visitors may play for $5 a game or $3 a game with a museum exhibition admission ticket.