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Richards DAR House Museum

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Address: 256 N Joachim St, Mobile, AL 36603-6472
Phone Number: +1 251-208-7320
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11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A beautiful 1860s Italianate townhouse located in the De Tonti Square...

A beautiful 1860s Italianate townhouse located in the De Tonti Square Historical District in the heart of downtown Mobile, Alabama. This 10,000 square foot dream home, filled with a large family, was built by Captain Charles Richards and his wife Carolyn. Surrounded by formal gardens and old brick courtyard, the House Museum is furnished with period antiques, original chandeliers, interior and exterior architectural appointments including carved Carrera Marble fireplaces with cathedral arches, cantilever staircase, and the four seasons lace ironwork lining the front gallery and sidewalk. Operated and furnished by the Mobile chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1973, they invite you to join them for a tour of this beautiful home and take complimentary tea and cookies afterward.

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Beautiful home! Guides helped you feel and know the family who lived in this glorious home. The furnishings were beautiful. Learned much from the guides about the history of this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
bonniegthomas
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South Carolina
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South Carolina
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful home! Guides helped you feel and know the family who lived in this glorious home. The furnishings were beautiful. Learned much from the guides about the history of this home and of Mobile. Enjoyed the guide's passion for this home! Very worthwhile tour!

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Thank bonniegthomas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful example of Italinate architecture with Carrara marbled mantle fireplaces, delicate ironwork, and immaculate gardens. Features period antiques and beautiful staircase. Members of Mobile chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution serve as docents and are anxious to share the history of the house in a tour that lasts approximately one hour.

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit. The Daughters do love to share the history of the family, House and Mobile during the Victorian era. Thank you for the great review. More 

chicago
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened across this house just driving around looking at the old houses. We showed up a few minutes after it opened and rang the doorbell. Be patient, the door is locked and it takes a few minutes to have the guides answer. We almost walked away, thinking we were early and they hadn't opened yet. We are so glad... More 

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! We're so glad that you " happened upon the museum" and decided to visit. We like our guests to feel "at home" while learning about the history of the family, the House and the beautiful city of Mobile. More 

Drake, Colorado
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105 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Run by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Richards house is an Italianate home built in 1860. Beautifully furnished with a sweeping staircase, the home is lovely. But the real attraction? (At least when I was there, and it was for a special event), almost everything could be touched, and we could even sit in the living room. So... More 

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We want everyone to enjoy their visit, while experiencing the beauty of the home along with a little history of the family and Mobile during the Victorian era. More 

Houston, Texas
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We were trying to find something to fill in the time before our flight left for Houston. This was a pretty good attraction to tour. Our tour guide was Barbara. She had an extensive knowledge of the history of each piece of furnishing in the house. She loves her job. To get the full experience, you will need to spend... More 

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

So glad you decided to spend your time visiting the museum while waiting for your flight. The complete tour takes about an hour. If there are no guest waiting for the next tour and interest is shown along with questions generated, a guide may take more time than usual to explain various items in detail. As far as the "entities"... More 

Skiatook, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful tour today. The ladies were so knowledgable and they were so friendly! I could have stayed all day! My daughter and I especially enjoyed the spiced tea and cookies! Thank you for a wonderful visit!

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review . We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Mobile most friendliest Ghost and most fun and warm home to visit! I LOVE the Christmas party and the Garden party!

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West Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Beautiful home that holds a wealth of information. A must visit while in Mobile. The ladies of DAR that run the museum are true southern gems. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and walked away with a continued thirst for exploring our ancestry. Thank you for a very fascinating visit.

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! Your company was enjoyed as well and we hope you visit us again when you come to Mobile. More 

Brighton, Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We visited here on our one day in Mobile, now owned by the daughters of the American Revolution this house costs $10 to visit which I think is very reasonable. The house is beautiful, the guides delightful and your tour finishes with spiced tea and cookies ! Thank you

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Thank KevUKBrighton
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad that you chose to visit the Richards House with your limited time schedule. We hope your next visit to Mobile will be a bit longer. Thank you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely delightful experience for all of us. We made a point to take the advice of other reviewers and check this place out, we are so happy we did! We arrived at 11am when they open, and had the two tour guides all to ourselves. They both made every inch of the house come alive, and so interesting. My husband... More 

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We are also "delighted" that you and your family chose to visit the museum and thank you for taking the time to post a review. More 

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