DAR Museum
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The DAR Museum looks at the American experience through objects and art of the American home from the Colonial Era to the early 20th century. Visitors can tour 31 period rooms, learn about the history of American furnishings through a fun interactive area, and research their family history in the library. **DAR Constitution Hall is a separate entity** Constitution Hall does not produce any of the events presented in the Hall. All events are arranged by independent producers or sponsors who are responsible for all the details of the presentation. The producer is solely responsible for ticket sales, advertising, hiring and paying all necessary staff, contracting vendors, and paying the acts.
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  • Curious42983738143
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour! Rocky start
    Getting into the museum was quite stressful. Maybe the security officer just had a strong personality, but he came off as kind of rude and intimidating. He kept acting impatient that we didn’t know what we were supposed to do, when he hadn’t told us yet. When we asked if we could see the rooms for the different states, not just the museum room he pointed to, he acted like that was a stupid question. Again, I might have been misinterpreting things. But I just felt like he could have been friendlier, especially since it wasn’t busy. That all being said, the free tour was amazing! The 2 ladies who did it were very informed and explained lots of fun facts. They asked ahead of time if we were comfortable walking on stairs (which is good, since you kind of need the stairs to see a lot of it). The building is beautiful. I would recommend going with teens or adults, but you have to know what to expect when you get in.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Freedom37641188431
    Long Beach, California20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You don't need to be a DAR member to visit. Close to the White House.
    It's a beautiful building with a large library, a small museum, and 31 "period" rooms - parlor rooms from different centuries, etc. The most impressive to me was the "attic" room full of old children's toys, and the NJ room made from the interior of a ship - along with the stained glass windows and ship furniture. They open before most other buildings, at 8:30. Plan to stay an hour and then head over to the White House Visitor's Center a "short" walk away.
    Visited September 2023
    Written October 4, 2023
  • PurpleAnkh
    Fort Washington, Maryland269 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History and art meet
    I went to see a specific exhibit highlighting crafts and sewing. I got to visit the various state rooms and learn cool history facts. I love old buildings and furnishings so getting to see rooms sponsored by different states and what the room looked like at specific times in history was very interesting. Also enjoyed visiting the library but mainly because the architecture of the building was interesting to me. Staff were very nice and helpful when asked.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 18, 2024
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marjorief631
dallas, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Visiting this building and museum is a remarkable experience. Our docent gave us a fun experience filled with lovely details which made one appreciate the history of the building, history of various times in Americana and an appreciation for the women who managed to purchase the property and build the structure at a time when women couldn’t even vote or own property. An amazing feat and one of DC’s rich cultural centers.
Written April 28, 2022
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PurpleAnkh
Fort Washington, MD269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I went to see a specific exhibit highlighting crafts and sewing. I got to visit the various state rooms and learn cool history facts. I love old buildings and furnishings so getting to see rooms sponsored by different states and what the room looked like at specific times in history was very interesting. Also enjoyed visiting the library but mainly because the architecture of the building was interesting to me. Staff were very nice and helpful when asked.
Written May 18, 2024
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Freedom37641188431
Long Beach, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023
It's a beautiful building with a large library, a small museum, and 31 "period" rooms - parlor rooms from different centuries, etc. The most impressive to me was the "attic" room full of old children's toys, and the NJ room made from the interior of a ship - along with the stained glass windows and ship furniture. They open before most other buildings, at 8:30. Plan to stay an hour and then head over to the White House Visitor's Center a "short" walk away.
Written October 4, 2023
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LadyGiggles836
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I don't normally write reviews for things, but I felt compelled to do so now. This museum was such a beautiful experience and was my favorite part of my DC trip. I loved that there were very few visitors there and we were able to get a littler private tour from one of the (very knowledgeable!) volunteers there. The architecture is simply beautiful. I learned a lot about the lives of Americans in years past. A delightful experience!
Written February 2, 2022
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MissSherlock
Jacksonville, Illinois, United States33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Absolutely fantastic. Free admission. The exhibits are exhaustive and very, very interesting. Very large building. Allow plenty of time to spend here if you are a history fanatic. Beautiful, well curated collection. Highly recommend.
Written June 25, 2022
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mozartMinneapolis
Saint Paul, MN158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Our visit to the DAR was short but impressive. We were able to go into the library and locate the exact book that contained the information about our family's connection to the DAR - a minuteman who fought in the Revolutionary War. It was fun to see his name in print. The building itself is very beautiful. The outdoor veranda provides a direct view of the Washington Monument.
Written March 28, 2023
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Thank you for your visit! We are so glad you enjoyed it. We hope that everyone feels welcome to visit, not just DAR members.
Written September 20, 2023
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Judith Z
Springfield, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
Many people gaze at this beautiful building from the outside as they hurry from one place to another while touring Washington DC. For those lucky or smart enough go in, they can be taken through time to view different rooms that show what a room in a home or building might look like in a specific period of time. The decor' of each room is special, and you will see interesting items of antique furniture, textiles, and more. The docents are knowledgeable about their history. You can have a guided tour and it is free. In addition to the tour, the building itself is a historical gem. Memorial Continental Hall is an architectural gem. Also, their genealogical library is a must for anyone who is interested in pursuing information about their family, or the places the families lived. Take at least an hour or two to visit the National Headquarters, Daughters of the American Revolution, and you will want to go back for more.
Written May 31, 2014
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Karen
Merida, Mexico714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was surprised at how enjoyable, well planned and financed this museum was. It is not a well advertised museum but convienant to all as it is right in the heart of things, not too far of a stroll from the Mall. Currently, they are having an exhibit (May - October 2007)exploring the evolution of the bed and the bedroom in America, from Revolutionary times until the early 20th century. The focus is mainly on sleepware, bedding, hygiene, bedtime myths and ideas of privacy. This isn't a topic anyone ever gives much thought to (as far as I know) so I'd say the exhibit was unique and thought provocating. Additionally, the curators did an excellent job with their layout and especially the "flow", there were no disconections whatsoever.

Make sure you visit the period rooms. There are about 30 rooms, each representing a state, decorated as bedrooms, parlors, offices, etc as they would have appeared during mostly the 1800's. Each room is elaborate and the antiques are authentic.

The museum is free to visit and well worth the time.
Written May 25, 2007
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SmilynStef
Cedar Rapids, IA689 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We saw a sign for A Piece of Her Mind - Culture & Technology in American Quilts as we walked by, so we stopped in. We really enjoyed seeing and reading about the quilts.
Written October 20, 2019
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Lisa
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Genealogy Library is ths best. Find many books on families to State collections of historical importance not just the Revolution hut Civil War among other historical books. Americana museum and building rooms are like walking back in time to the states these rooms represent. Then the collections in the museum gallery are the best, see quilts to clothing. Be sure to check what special collection is on display before you go. Definately a treasure in Washington DC and it is the oldest solely women's owned building in the world.
Written October 12, 2019
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