National Building Museum opens indoor 'BEACH'

BEACH exhibit at the National Building Museum. (Photo: WJLA)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- The National Building Museum opened a brand new exhibit this month called “BEACH."

The beach is an indoor, 10,000 square foot ball pit that has a lot of people talking.

The new exhibition lies in the shadows of the great hall's pillars.

Rain or shine-- thousands are jumping into this ocean every day. No sun screen needed.

“There are no sharks in this. That is the best part,” visitor Barbara Lash joked.

It’s not just for kids, these balls are for everyone.

“It’s amazing I felt I sometimes I was walking on water and that hasn’t happened in a couple thousand years. That was amazing,” Lash said.

There are about 750,000 balls in the pit that sits in the main lobby area. Not only is it almost impossible for people to get out, but if you lose your cell phone or any jewelry, chances are you won’t get it back.

The beach area entices you with lounge chairs, umbrellas and even mock sand.

The exhibit shows just how many ways you can use a building.

“This is all about possibilities. As human beings when we put our minds to it we think of really fascinating things and we actually create them,” Executive Director Chase Rynd said.

The ball pit is open 7 days a week and costs $16 for entry. Adult only night is held on Wednesdays.

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