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Octagon Museum

1799 New York Ave Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20006
202 638 3105
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Ranked #181 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Thu - Fri 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George Washington. In 1814, the house was offered to President Madison as temporary quarters after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed there, thus ending the war.

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Kenton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Got to walk around it and take some pictures. Was recommended to me to see by someone who works in DC. They didn't know it was only open on certain days of the week. Would like to see it on the inside next time i'm there since it was a presidents home at one time.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The oldest remaining building in DC. Over it's long history the building has had many functions: Government Offices, temporary Presidential home, tenement and the list goes on. Given it's age and various functions it's in remarkable good condition, with lots of work yet to be done. Near the entrance of each doorway in the house you will find a laminated... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Run by the American Institute of Architects. Madison lived there during the War of 1812 when the White House got burned. Besides the unusual shape, it has some interesting features like back halls and stairs used by servants. If you're in the area of Corcoran, DAR and Dept of Interior anyway, might as well drop in.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Home of the American Architectural Foundation. Next door, at the AIA, is the best architectural bookstore that I have ever been in.

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