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Review of Anderson House

Anderson House
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #84 of 450 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the Society of the Cincinnati's historic headquarters, Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that has been the Society's home since 1938. The Society and its American Revolution Institute work to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War by supporting advanced study, presenting exhibitions and other public programs, advocating preservation, and providing resources to teachers and students. Tours of Anderson House reveal the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy-interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple's art collection and furnishings are still on display. Guided tours begin at 15 minutes past each hour. Anderson House also offers a changing exhibition gallery, a research library, and an active calendar of public programs.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stumbled upon a tour of this magnificent mansion/ house on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, when we were visit in open Embassies on the Embassy open house days. A docent takes groups around explaining the history of the house and the lives of the Andersons who filled it with antiques and artifacts. The Society of Cincinnati, for which this house was bequeathed, has it's own interesting history. It is worth viewing all the antiquities and collections of the Anderson's in this beautiful and expansive mansion.

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Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Great tour and its free! European and Asian collections to see. From budha statues over japanese art to britian style rooms.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This free tour is tucked away near the embassies. The house is fabulous and so are the pieces in it.

Marcelle, our guide, was just a delight. She knew absolutely everything about the house and is pretty brushed up on all her history. She didn't rush us at all and we got to see this wonderful house and enjoy the museum atmosphere serenely and fully.

I toured several houses this time - The Old Stone House, The Dumbarton House, The Tudor House - and while they all had interesting things, none of them was as fabulous as the Anderson House.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Another visit to D.C. and more "off the beaten track" museums.. Anderson House, near Dupont Circle in the "Embassy neighborhood" was the winter home of Lars and Isabel Anderson. Built between 1902 and 1905, the 50 room mansion is filled with treasures gathered on their world travels. The home was designed for grand parties with a huge ballroom, magnificent dining room and many bedrooms. The furniture and art is original to the home.
The home is now the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization that was founded at the close of the Revolutionary War. It's members are limited to descendants of the original members who were officers that served in the war. It's first President was George Washington. The Society collects materials that relate to the military and naval history of the 18th century.. concentrating on the American Revolution. The library contains thousands of rare books, military documents, maps and the history of the Society and it's members, and is open for research. The guided tour of the home takes about an hour and the volunteer guide was great.. with many stories about the history of the home and Society.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I had walked past dozens of times but never visited the museum until now. It is really fascinating. Even empty, the house would be worth a visit for the architecture, which is incredibly grand. The rooms are filled with bric-a-brac from the Andersons' world travels. There are very few great works of art, but the ensemble is memorable. Murals by H. Siddons Mowbray are also worth a detour. A guided tour is required and takes about an hour. The guide was great.

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