Opening Reception

Session Type: Convention


Location: National Building MuseumRoom Number: Great Hall

Available Dates & Times


National Building Museum, Here We Come!

Saturday, October 12 • 7:30 pm–10:00 pm

NBM Interior_Great HallThe National Building Museum, America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment, will host the NECA 2013 Washington DC Opening Reception.

“The National Building Museum is the perfect location for NECA,” said Beth Ellis, Executive Director, Convention/Expo. “The entire museum focuses on the best in the building industry, and that is definitely what NECA members do.”

The landmark red brick building was built by U.S. Army Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs between 1882 and 1887. It formerly housed the U.S. Pension Bureau. Despite its bureaucratic beginnings, the interior of the building is dominated by a grand central space, the Great Hall. It’s in this expansive space that NECA will kick off its 2013 Convention and Trade Show in style.

The Great Hall and its soaring Corinthian columns are the perfect setting for the bands and dance floors that always make the NECA Opening Reception a party for all ages. Special musical guest Millennium will rock the museum throughout the night, along with the Pete Fields Jazz Trio in the Greenlee Whiskey & Cigar Club and the Tequila Town Duo in the Southwire Sponsor Club. If you think could try out for American Idol like Millennium’s Travis Tucker did, feel free to take the stage at the Karaoke Lounge.

Guests will be able to browse exhibits featuring innovative and historic construction when they need a break from dancing. Other entertainers will perform along the museum perimeter, including Mike the Magician and Alain Nu, Mentalist. A special event photo booth will let you and your friends record your favorite moments of the night.  “Plus, a Great Hall needs great food and drink, so we’ll have catering stations throughout the venue,” Ellis added.

“The National Building Museum has hosted some of the greatest and grandest parties in Washington’s history, and NECA is incredibly lucky to have secured this beautiful space,” Ellis said. “The museum has focused on great construction and progress since it was created. Just like NECA, the museum has embraced technology and become a world-class entertaining space.” She adds, “Just wait until our members see the lighting we can use at the museum!”

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