The DAR Museum, the museum of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a small Washington, DC attraction that is often missed by visitors. The collection features more than 30,000 examples of decorative and fine arts, including objects made or used in America from 1700 to 1850, prior to the Industrial Revolution. Furniture, silver, paintings, ceramics and textiles, such as quilts and costumes, are exhibited in 31 period rooms and two galleries. The DAR museum is a must-see for antique lovers.
Admission is FREE. There is a self-guided museum tour and a touch area for children with discovery cubbies, games, period clothes, reproductions, books and furniture. The DAR Museum Shop offers a variety of unique gifts and books.
The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 as a women's organization dedicated to preserving American history and promoting patriotism. Its national headquarters, located in the heart of Washington, DC, houses a museum, a library and a concert hall. The DAR Museum provides year-round public programming.
School and family programs are free, thanks to the generosity of DAR members. The Museum also has adult workshops and lectures.
1776 D Street NW
The DAR Museum is located across from the Ellipse near the White House. The closest Metro stations are Farragut West and Farragut North. The museum is housed in Memorial Continental Hall, a marble Beaux-Arts style building facing 17th St. DAR Constitution Hall is located at the other end of the block on 18th St.
Open 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Docent tours of the period rooms are offered from 10:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday. The DAR Museum is closed Sundays, Federal holidays, and for one week during the DAR annual meeting in July.