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Richards DAR House Museum

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Address: 256 N. Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36603
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+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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One of the great old homes in Mobile

The amount of time and money the DAR ladies and the city of Mobile have put into this home is amazing. You can tell that restoring period pieces to the home was a labor of love... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Guy S
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The amount of time and money the DAR ladies and the city of Mobile have put into this home is amazing. You can tell that restoring period pieces to the home was a labor of love for the DAR. The ladies who took us through were very knowledgeable and gracious, even to the extent of serving us tea and cookies.... More 

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Thank Guy S
Pensacola
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WE saw this museum and just decided to drop in. They were not busy and a lady said she would take us on a private tour of the house. It was quite interesting and very informative . I learned a little more about the history of Mobile and the family who had lived there.

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

Thank you for stopping by and taking a tour of this wonderful Victorian House Museum. We love to share the history of Mobile as well as the history of the family that lived in the House almost a hundred years. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Great tour. Our guides did an excellent job in not only sharing the houses history but giving you a feel for the life of the family in the mid-1800's. These ladies are all volunteers and their passion for the house and its history was clear.

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. We do love sharing the history of the time period, the city,and this beautiful House Museum. More 

Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

The ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have been good stewards of this home and they give a great tour. Our tour guides were Sheila and M.R. both ladies made you feel right at home as they explained the furniture, the various rooms, and what would have taken place in the rooms for the time period. They... More 

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

We are so glad that you took a day off from your trip at the beach to come see some of the historical sights in Mobile ... especially the Richards Museum! We enjoyed sharing this beautiful home with you! More 

LaGrange, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

This was an excellent tour of a beautiful home that is operated by DAR! The ladies were very gracious and informative and friendly. We enjoyed the tea and cookies at the end of the tour!

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank - you! More 

Modesto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

As a DAR, I greatly wanted to visit this house when I discovered it existed. We are visiting from California and knew that this would be our only opportunity. We didn't learn of this house until late in the day so we called to find out if we could still get in for a tour. One of the docents named... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for expressing your appreciation for the wonderful D A R volunteer docents. Please come again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

This house has so much to offer in old Mobile history. The furnishings are just fantastic for people that enjoy antiques. The house itself is full of them. Period paintings on the walls, and the kitchen has period utensils. The tour guides are very southern friendly and informative and quick to answer all of your questions. This is definitely a... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review and compliments to the guides for their knowledge of the Museum furnishings as well as the rich history of our beautiful city. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

This house shows old southern charm in a bustling downtown site. The DAR House serves as a local gathering spot for social activities and meetings

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

You are so correct! Not only is the Richards Home a Museum by day but also serves as a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions and social gathering in a secluded historic residential area just blocks away from city center.Thanks for your review! More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

This house was originally built for the Richards family in about 1860. Mr. Richards was an official on a steamboat. The house is now owned and maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers provide the house tours. The fee for the tour (a bit more than one hour) is only $10 and is a bargain. The cast... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting the museum.We're so glad you enjoyed your visit ! More 

Gray, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Very nice home tour with period furnishings! Personable Southern hospitality of the tour guides make it warm and inviting.

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Thank Tmarz59
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We want to make you feel at home! Thanks for your review and please visit again! More 

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