Human Hive: New Exhibit Will Have DC Buzzing

A new exhibit at the National Building Museum will have D.C. buzzing this summer. The Hive exhibit will open July 4 and last until Sept. 4. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children, seniors or students with an ID.

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The Hive exhibit features three interconnected, domed chambers. The largest dome is 60 feet tall and has an oculus that is more than 10 feet in diameter. Guests will be able to walk inside and experience each of the hives.
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More than 2,700 wound paper tubes were interconnected and stacked to create each chambers. The museum says the tubes have a reflective silver exterior and a magenta interior to create visual contrast.
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Surprisingly, the museum didn't cite bees as an inspiration for the exhibit's shape. The National Building Museum says the exhibit models structures like Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy and the curvature of a spider’s web.
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The tubes used to construct the chambers vary in size from several inches to 10 feet.
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The smaller chambers feature tubular instruments, including drum-like tubes and chimes suspended within the space. During a select number of Saturdays, the museum will hold a special interactive sound experience, where visitors can uncover these hidden instruments.
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Feeling hungry? The museum will host Hill Country Barbecue on its West Lawn. The Backyard BBQ runs throughout the summer and will feature food, drinks and live music.
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The Hive exhibit will open Wednesday and last until Sept. 4. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children, seniors or students with an ID. Tickets for the late-night events and special programs are not included in general admission.
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While most people will have to pay to get into Hive, D.C. residents are invited to visit Hive for free on "Ward Days." "Ward Days" will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the following days: July 18 - Ward 3 and Ward 8, July 25 - Ward 1 and Ward 6, August 1 - Ward 4 and Ward 2, and August 8 - Ward 5 and Ward 7.
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