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“A glimpse into Wilson's life”

The President Woodrow Wilson House
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Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture Tour
Ranked #79 of 457 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: The well-preserved former house of President Woodrow Wilson.
Reviewed June 2, 2013

A small house museum tucked away north of Dupont Circle, this is a nice respite from the large downtown museums and bustle of tourists. Wilson lived here after the White House and viewing his study gives an intimate feel for what his life must have been like on a much smaller scale than the White House. There's a 15 minute film of his life that helps set the stage for what his last years must have been like after his failure with the League of Nations and his debilitating stroke. Docents lead small groups through the house and garden out back for $10. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10-4.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Our last morning in DC, with a little over an hour to "kill", we wandered a few blocks away from our B&B to visit this museum. Really, really surprised by many of the things we learned (I wish American History had been this interesting in HS!) and the collection of personal memorabilia was really impressive.
Our guide knew we were pressed for time, but quickly showed us around and threw in some very interesting stories and facts.
Yes, there is a charge, however...many people drop that at Starbucks every week...or every day for some.
Lovely tour, just go do it!

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We have walked past the Woodrow Wilson House in Dupont numerous times and decided to investigate on a quiet afternoon. The house is mostly filled with original furniture and memorabilia. Tour groups are small and intimate with well informed tour guides who are most personable and relate personal stories of what the Wilsons' lives were like in returning to the house after the presidency. You are allowed to linger and take photos in the rooms of the house. The Wilson home seemed so comfortable and personal in that the Wilsons surrounded themselves with treasured moments and objects from the history of their lives. It is an opportunity to travel back into time. If you didn't feel a connection to the Wilsons previous to your visit, you will after you have been in this museum's surroundings. What a gift that Mrs. Wilson gave in presenting their home and belongings to history. The tour is well worth the $10 entrance fee and my daughter and I would like to thank our tour guides.

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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!

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