This Beaux Arts building, completed in 1910, is a knockout. The huge columns that grace the front of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum are solid marble; a special railroad spur was built to transport them to the building site.
The DAR Museum emphasizes the role of women throughout American history, mostly before 1840; and the 31 period rooms represent a different time and place in America. Each contain a cornucopia of decorative arts and antiques, including furniture, ceramics, glass, paintings, costumes,
Because so many items are authentic, the rooms are roped off, and only two or three visitors at a time can squeeze into doorways to peer inside.
Kids will get a kick out of the four-sided mousetrap that guillotines rodents, the foot-controlled toaster, and the sausage stuffer that looks like an early-19th-century version of a NordicTrack machine.
There is also a “touch area” on the third floor, where kids can play with authentic 18th-and 19th-century toys and objects, including miniature Chippendale tables and chairs, real powder horns, butter molds, candle snuffers, and flags.
The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum is also home to a library with a collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications.
The Library’s book collection exceeds 225,000 volumes with approximately 3,000 new titles enter the Library each year.
Good To Know
Docent-led tours are often available on the hour and half hour (Monday through Friday at 10 am to 2:30 pm), but it’s easy to explore the museum on your own. Although the building faces the Ellipse, the museum entrance is half a block down D Street (1776 D St. NW, across from the Ellipse) on the side of the building. The museum closes for a week in late June or early July for a national DAR convention. Please note that there is no food available on site.
Admission to the DAR museum is free of charge. Opening hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Sunday and federal holidays. The nearest Metro stations are Farragut West or Farragut North.
For more information, visit the museum’s website or call 202-628-1776.
For all there is to see and do in Washington, D.C., check out The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C. by Renee Sklarew.