Visit Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C. where early American history has been preserved for all to enjoy and see. Dumbarton House is itself a masterpiece, from its architecture to the various furnishings that take visitors back in time. The distinct Federal style architecture is visibly evident in Dumbarton House. Visitors get the opportunity to experience more than 100 pieces, with a museum collection that specifically dates back to between 1789 and 1825. Dedicated preservation makes it possible for locals and tourists alike to experience a piece of American history through Dumbarton House.

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Dumbarton House offers guided tours of its facilities on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Bookings can be completed online or by contacting Dumbarton House directly by phone at (202) 337-2288.

Reservations for guided tours are highly recommended. Walk-ins will be permitted as space allows.


Dumbarton House offers several guided tours for the general public. These tours include the following:

· Docent-led Museum Tour

· Concert and Docent-Led Museum Tour

· Curator-Led Museum Tour

· VIP Museum Tour

Box Lunches

In addition to guided tours, Dumbarton House also offers box lunches for tour participants. Tour participants will enjoy dining on their box lunches in one of the ballrooms or at another location on the grounds of Dumbarton House.


Dumbarton House hosts and participates in a number of events throughout the year. From English country dance classes to free chamber music concerts, Dumbarton House invites the public to come experience American history while enjoying themselves at one of the many available events. The calendar of events on the Dumbarton House website provides up-to-date information on all upcoming events.


Museum patrons can stay abreast of the current exhibits offered at Dumbarton House by visiting the website. Many of the exhibitions offer a unique perspective of America gone by during the Federal period of the late 1700s and 1800s and beyond. Some examples of previous exhibitions include:

· Music of the Federal Period

· Preparing for the Ball: Costume of the Early Nation

· From House to Home: Reinterpreting Dumbarton House

· Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe

· Metamo’rphosis I

· Mary Posey’s Quilt

· Special Exhibit: Dumbarton Bridge & House

Private Events

Dumbarton House is a perfect place to hold a private event of any type. With its perfectly manicured lawns and impeccably maintained and restored interior, the Dumbarton House offers several venue options on both its lower and upper levels. These include:

· North Garden

· Upper Terrace

· Belle Vue Room

· Lower Courtyard

There are specific capacity requirements for each of these rooms, especially for the historic section of the museum. A staff member of Dumbarton House can provide more details on the space of each venue as well as the accommodation requirements and rates and fees for renting other venues. More information can be obtained by contacting Dumbarton House directly at (202) 337-2288.


Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC 20007-3071, Phone: 202-337-2288

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