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“A Museum of Woodrow Wilson's Post-White House Years”

The President Woodrow Wilson House
Ranked #78 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: The well-preserved former house of President Woodrow Wilson.
Reviewed May 3, 2013

For a history buff like myself, this was an interesting visit to gain some insight into President Wilson's last years. The house itself is nicely preserved and has lots of historical artifacts from Wilson's presidency and the guides do an excellent job of presenting it all. Others have mentioned that this is like an early '20s time capsule, and it really is. The house is also in a neighborhood of various consulates and embassies (Embassy Row), so if you walk from the Dupont Circle Metro station, it's kind of cool to saunter past the different foreign office buildings and residences.

After visiting the Mall and Arlington, this was a welcome, low-key break from touring some of the other more crowded attractions. Well worth it, for me, anyway.

4  Thank John K
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This was a wonderful place to visit! Kudos to the ladies who are the tour givers. Mary Kay took us around. She took her time, answered all questions. What a tribute to Mrs. Wilson who just gave the whole place over lock stock and barrel when she died. A real nice glimpse into life of the 1920s with original everything. A must see for sure!

2  Thank salihora
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

With so many free museums in DC, it can sometimes make you feel a little reluctant to shell out money for a museum that does charge admission. If you're only going to pay to seen 1 or 2 museums, make the Woodrow Wilson House one of them! You don't have to be an expert on our 28th president to enjoy a visit here.

Seeing the house is done by guided tour only, but you only have to book in advance if you're coming in a large group. Otherwise, just walk up and ring the doorbell. A docent will answer the door, take care of your admission fee ($10 for adults, but I was able to only pay $5 by showing my university student ID, hooray!) and get you settled into one of the studies to watch a short intro video on Wilson. (About 17 minutes, I think.)

Then they'll come back to get you and start your tour of the house. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour (with the video) and you get to see all three stories of the house. The house is purposefully kept to appear as if the Wilsons were still living there and had just stepped out, but will be returning any time. It's a fantastic set up. The sterile museum feel of looking at things behind glass doesn't really apply here. Their clothes are still in the closet, family pictures still hung up, it's like walking through a time capsule. Amazing.

The Woodrow Wilson House is just a short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro station, and is surrounded by places to eat. There is a small gift shop in the house when you enter. It also neighbors quite a few embassies, which adds some interest to your walk. You're also not too terribly far from the National Cathedral where Wilson and his wife Edith are buried.

3  Thank Ambibery
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is the only Presidents house open in Washington and for $10 you can have a tour of the house and hear about the birth of the League of Nations. This s a really intimate small house and well worth a visit.

Thank London_Flyer
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you are interested in history, this is a place to visit. We have been to several presiudent's houses so wanted to add this to our list.

Thank RosemaryKN
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