Dumbarton House: A Georgetown Historic House Museum

A Federal Period Historic House Museum in Washington DC

Dumbarton House Museum
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Dumbarton House is a historic house museum, located in Georgetown that was built during the presidencies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson circa 1800 and was the residence of Joseph Nourse, the Register of the U.S. Treasury for the first six Presidents of the United States. When visiting Dumbarton House, you'll catch a glimpse of what life was like in Washington, DC during the Federal period, the earliest years of the federal government and its move to the new capital city. It is beautifully restored with displays of an outstanding collection of Federal period (1790-1830) furniture, paintings, textiles, silver, and ceramics.

Since 1928, Dumbarton House has been the headquarters for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA), an organization that actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational programs. The museum hosts a year-round calendar of public events, lectures, concerts, balls, exhibitions, family activities, summer camps, and
rental events.

Location

2715 Q St., NW, Washington, DC. See a Map Limited free parking is available at the museum, and two-hour street parking is available. the Dupont Circle metro station is a 15-minute walk.

Tours

Hours: Year-Round, Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (last museum entry is 2:45 p.m). Guided Tours available by prior appointment, call (202) 337-2288.

Admission: $5.00 per adult

Exhibits at the Dumbarton House

  • Women of Vision - The exhibit highlights the courage, compassion and leadership of 20 outstanding women of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America: Juliette Gordon Low, Representative Lindy Boggs, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Senator Nancy Kassebaum, Helen "Nellie" Taft, Ellen Axson Wilson, Emily Warren, Roebling, Caroline Hazard, Ellen Glasgow, Anne Dallas Dudley, Rue Winterbotham Carpenter, Louise Arner Boyd, Dorothy S. Bullitt, Grace Murray Hopper, Ruth Patrick, Florence M. Montgomery, Cornelia Atherton Serpell, Anne Wight Phillips, Robin Woods Loucks, and Gail Harrity. 
  • History's Keepers - One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a group of about thirty men and women gathered in Philadelphia to consider forming a women’s organization dedicated to honoring the colonial history of the United States. This exhibit celebrates the legacy of the NSCDA, 125 years of education, historic preservation and patriotic service.

The Grounds and Gardens

 Dumbarton House sits on 1.2 acres of gardens and terraces. The East Park is a small, beautifully landscaped area just to the east of the house that was created from an adjacent vacant lot with generous support from the Georgetown Garden Club. The Herb Garden was planted with herbs, flowers, and other plants that would have been present during the 18th and 19th centuries. 

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