Last updated: 7/6/2015
Washington, District of Columbia
Street Address
2715 Q Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Mailing Address
2715 Q Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
phone: 202-337-2288
e-mail: info@dumbartonhouse.org
web: www.dumbartonhouse.org
Hours
Year-Round
(last museum entry is 2:45PM)
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday11 AM - 3 PM
Guided Tours available by prior appointment, 202-337-2288. Dumbarton House is closed on many Federal holidays, please check our website for updates as the schedule is variable.
Admissions
$5.00 per adult (children and youth, free; students with ID, free)
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Karen L. Daly, Executive Director
phone: 202-337-2288 x228
Scott Scholz, Museum Curator
phone: 202-337-2288 x223
Jennifer Michaelree, Director of Education
phone: 202-337-2288 x222
Jenna Watson, NSDCA Membership Manager
phone: 202-337-2288 x100
Missy Groppel, Marketing & Events Manager
phone: 202-337-2288 x230
Description

Federal-period historic house museum. Dumbarton House hosts a regular schedule of special tours, free concerts, lectures, tastings, school programs and summer camps, and is also available for private rentals such as corporate, social, and wedding events. Limited parking and ADA-access is available behind the Museum via 27th Street at Q. Metrorail: Red Line, DuPont Circle’s Q Street exit. Metrobus: D-1, D-2, D-3, D-6 to 27th Street stop. DC Circulator’s Georgetown connection, 28th Street, NW stop.

Dumbarton House is a fine example of Federal period architecture and offers visitors to Washington, D.C., a unique opportunity to enhance their appreciation of early American history. Closely connected to the first years of the American Republic, the house has stood on the heights of Georgetown for over two centuries

Dumbarton House is one of the few stately brick homes in Washington to survive the heady days when the country and its capital were new. The design of the house reflects the shift from Georgian tradition to the Adamesque Federal style that would take hold as the new republic defined itself. From the parlor to the dining room, through the music room to the bedrooms upstairs, visitors to Dumbarton House today see a wealth of furniture, paintings, textiles, silver, and ceramics that were made and used in the republic’s formative years.

House Rental

Dumbarton House provides an intimate, historic setting for events ranging from small corporate meetings, luncheons or conferences, to elegant wedding receptions, bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah celebrations, rehearsal dinners or teas. The museum rooms of the house are always open at events, providing your guests with a unique opportunity for casual touring of the museum.

While rental for events allows you use of the entire building and grounds, dinners and receptions are generally held in the Belle Vue Room and our outdoor gardens and terraces. The Belle Vue Room is an elegant modern banquet space with light wood-paneled floors, walls paneled in pale yellow fabric, and thirteen foot white coffered ceilings. The banquet space is also adjoined by a beautiful courtyard area that can be tented to provide additional dining space.

Mission

The mission of Dumbarton House, a Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800, is to preserve the historic structure and its collections and to educate the public about life in Washington, DC, during the early years of the Republic. The museum features a significant collection of Federal era decorative arts, paintings and furniture, and is one of only a few such properties open to the public in Washington. Dumbarton House is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

History

Since 1932, Dumbarton House has served as the headquarters for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (The NSCDA), a women’s organization that actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. The NSCDA is comprised of 44 state societies that own or support 80 other properties around the country of architectural or historic value (www.nscda.org).

Artifact Collections

Dumbarton House's collection includes over 1,000 original, unique and interesting pieces including furniture, paintings, textiles, silver, and ceramics, consists primarily, but not exclusively, of objects dating from the Federal period of U.S. history (approximately 1790-1830). There are a few pieces from the earlier Chippendale period, such as a large English Chippendale linen press that belonged to the Lewis-Washington family, as well as a few examples of Louis XVI French furniture, reflecting the late 18th- and early 19th-century taste in America. However, the works of American cabinetmakers from the New England states to South Carolina, comprise the major portion of the Dumbarton House furniture collection.

Library

Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

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