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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

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The Daughters of The American Revolution runs an art museum known as the DAR Museum. Although, it is one of the places worth seeing in Washington DC, tourists often miss visiting it.

The museum was established in 1980 to promote patriotism and preserve America’s history. That goes without saying! The museum has put on display attractive artifacts of colonial era. It has a beautiful collection of decorative arts as well as fine arts and is famous for exhibiting more than 30,000 illustrations. Additionally, it also includes objects that were prepared and employed preceding the Industrial Revolution in America.

The museum has about 31 rooms gorgeously furnished and ornamented in colonial revival style. The rooms range from contemporary bedrooms to study rooms to many more rooms. These rooms have put on display paintings, furniture, textiles, ceramics, silver and the like.

Apart from these, the museum also has its own way to entertain kids. The New Hampshire Toy Attic is an amazing feature of the museum and definitely a favorite among kids. Here they can play with replicas of historic toys and also get to discover period clothes, games etc. Moreover, if you want to shop something for your children, then you can go to the DAR Museum Shop. Whether you want to buy books or exceptional gift items, the shop has in store a wide variety of interesting things. If you have a curiosity to gain some more information on American history, then you can make use of the DAR library. Containing 150,000 historical volumes, the library is one-of-a-kind education hub. It is open for all the DAR members. The non-DAR members can also visit the library for a charge.

Besides these, the museum also demonstrates Quilt Collection. The assortment embraces more than 500 quilts from the era between 1800s-1900s. Many of these quilts have some astonishing personal histories behind their creation. Also, there is a Quilt Camp organized for children between 10-17 years as a summer program.

The best part is that the entry is free of cost. You can visit the museum any day excluding Sunday. Both guided as well as unguided tours of the museum can be opted for. Completely depends on your wish.


Mon-Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: closed
Address/Map:  1776 D Street NW Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 628-1776
Website: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum