Bees at the National Building Museum??

Our friends at the Smithsonian National Building Museum will not be installing bees there anytime soon, though they will be exhibiting the Hive, thanks to the museum’s partnership with Studio Gang!

The Hive is a tall, multi-domed structure comprised of several thousand colorful paper tubes. It is not merely constructed of paper, however; it also features chimes and other instruments, so that visitors may experiment with light and sound.

As beekeepers, we understand the application of pastoral and beekeeping terminology to this cool architectural creation. Not only is the term “hive” appropriate for the shape of the domes, but it is apt for the proportion of people to the Hive’s size: with numbers of bees between 30,000 and 60,000 per hive in our apiary. With this proportion, the bees’ homes are always buzzing with sound and activity, which is just what the National Building Museum’s Hive offers to members of the public.

The Hive will be open between July 4th and September 4th, which makes for excellent Independence Day plans, if you don’t have them already.

Click on the link above to view ticket prices, museum hours and Hive-centric events, and a spectacular time-lapse Hive construction video!

Kayla and I plan on visiting it soon after it opens, and we hope to see you there!

-Gabrielle

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