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“Authentic in a National Trust way” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The President Woodrow Wilson House

The President Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
202 387 4062
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Ranked #75 of 486 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: The only presidential museum in D.C., the well-preserved former house of Woodrow Wilson.
Fairfax, Virginia
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“Authentic in a National Trust way”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Kudos to the volunteers and paid pros who keep Wilson's legacy alive here. The tour emphasizes each room's artifacts with factual and sometimes amusing anecdotes. If you are learning about this Prez, be sure to couple this site with a visit to WW's birth place in Staunton, VA
Both make a great historical combo. You can also cross the WW bridge in between.

Visited December 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Personal service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This is located a little off the main tourist route but I found it interesting and worthy of the $10 entrance fee. You are given a tour by a guide and this starts when you arrive so there was no waiting. It might be different in summer. I had a personal tour which started with a 15 min film. The guide was informative and willing to answer all questions. The rooms have many original artefacts as Mrs Wilson preserved everything and includes many gifts of art given to the president during his terms. Would recommend if you want to get away from flash interactive museums and just enjoy history.

Visited December 2013
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Berkeley CA
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“Presidential history brought alive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Scott Berg's brand-new biography of President Woodrow Wilson should bring his accomplishments (and ordinary human failings) to the attention of more Americans. Wilson played a key role in prohibiting child labor, founding the Federal Reserve, and creating the predecessor of the United Nations, the League of Nations. His elegant town home on Embassy Row in Washington DC is open to the public as a sort of museum. It is a beautiful house, furnished exactly as it was when Wilson retired into public life after World War I---loaded with memorabilia, beautiful paintings, sculptures and more "homely" objects like his desk, books, one of the earliest known clothes "dryers." The Wilson House is beautifully maintained, and really provides a snapshot in time about the way upper middle class people lived then. Highly recommended!!

Visited November 2013
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Montreal
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“Must see National Trust Property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We visited this beautiful home and presidential museum on a crisp fall day; we arrived at 11:00 AM on a Sunday morning, and were treated to a private tour by the docent. The house is chock full of President Wilson's possessions and historical artifacts, and is a beautiful home with a nearly perfect design for a retirement home with 12,000 square feet! Make sure to ask about the history of the items on display such as the paintings, the President's cane collection and various gifts from his time as president. We spent about 1 1/2 hours and could have easily spent the day there. If you like history, this is a mandatory stop. Also note that the neighborhood is loaded with beautiful historic homes and a variety of embassy's and is worth an extended stroll.

Visited October 2013
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Elmer, New Jersey
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“Historic home with many DC 'firsts'!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Learned so much from our guide. One of the first houses in DC to have an elevator, to have indoor plumbing, to have an intercom. House contains 85% original furnishings. Also learned that President Wilson did NOT have a pension and that many people actually brought gifts of food to him. So much history is represented here! We spent just over an hour--from the introductory video to the comprehensive tour--,and enjoyed every minute.There are beautiful balconies and gardens that host many private weddings and parties who pay lots of money to rent this historical attraction. Since we can't afford to rent it, the small admission price of $10 pp seemed very reasonable to us.

**Although there is an elevator it is not for public use (not reliable due to its age) so keep in mind that there are MANY stairs to navigate if you want to see all the interior rooms. Also,the house is surrounded by many embassy homes valued at millions of dollars.which are certainly worth a look as you pass by.

Visited August 2013
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Sarah A, Manager at The President Woodrow Wilson House, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Glad you had such a good experience! Just wanted to add an update on the elevator - it may have been unreliable in the past but is fine now. We have a great technician who babies it like his favorite sports car. Come on back and I'll give you a ride!
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