WATCH: National Building Museum’s new ‘Mini Memories’ exhibit offers pocket-size fun for the whole family

A charming new exhibit at D.C.’s National Building Museum lets you fit the wonders of the world right in your pocket.

In today’s edition of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax took a tour around the globe, by making “Mini Memories” — one souvenir building at a time.

The museum’s newest feature showcases more than 400 miniature buildings and sculptures donated by California architect David Weingarten. Believe it or not, these buildings are only 13% of the entire collection!

Want to see a mini replica of the U.S. Capitol made out of $10,000 worth of macerated money? How about a glass replica of Independence Hall in Pennsylvania preserved from 1876?

You can even check out a wall of everyday household items converted into buildings — from timepieces to calendars, to coin banks and far beyond.

Check out a video of Matt’s tour of the exhibit, and see what visitors think here:

“Mini Memories” is brand-new, but it will be up at the museum for the next two years, so you’ve got time to check it out. The National Building Museum is open until 4 p.m. most days. You can get more details on their website.

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If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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