Historic House Museums in District of Columbia

Washington D.C.

The Brewmaster’s Castle

One of Washington’s best-kept secrets, The Brewmaster’s Castle is the most intact late-Victorian home in the country, and a Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tours Wed-Sat • 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW • (202) 429-1894

Decatur House

Designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1818 for America’s greatest 19th century naval hero, Decatur House was occupied by many of our nation’s most important political leaders.

See their web site for hours • 1610 H Street, NW • (202) 842-0920

Dumbarton House

Built during the tumultuous presidencies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the house has been restored to show it as it might have appeared during the time of its first resident, Joseph Nourse, who served as Register of the U.S. Treasury for the first six Presidents of the United States. The museum presents an unusual opportunity to catch a glimpse of what life was like in Washington during the early days of the Republic.

See their web site for hours • 2715 Que Street N.W. • (202) 337-2288

Dumbarton Oaks

The house is currently closed for renovation, but the gardens are open.

See their web site for the latest info • R and 32nd Street • (202) 339-6401

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

From 1877 to 1895, this was the home of Frederick Douglass, the Nation’s leading 19th-century African American spokesman.

Open daily 9-4 Oct 16 to Apr 14; 9-5 rest of the year • 1411 W Street SE • (202) 426-5961

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post cereal fortune, was the founder of Hillwood Museum and Gardens –  her former twenty-five acre estate in Washington, DC

Open Tue-Sun 10-5; closed during Jan • 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW • 877-HILLWOOD

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women.

Call for hours • 1318 Vermont Avenue NW • (202) 673-2402

The Octagon Museum

The oldest museum in the United States devoted to architecture and design, the Octagon Museum enables the American Architectural Foundation to increase public awareness of the power of architecture and its influence on the quality of our lives. This building was designed by Dr. William Thornton for Col. John Tayloe III, and was constructed between 1799 and 1801. 

Open Tue-Sun 10-4 • 18th Street and New York Avenue • (202) 638-3105

Old Stone House Museum

The Old Stone House, one of the oldest known structures remaining in the nation’s capital, is a simple 18th century dwelling built and inhabited by common people. Its beautiful English garden is a popular and restive oasis in the busy shopping district of Georgetown.

Tours by reservation only. • 3051 M St. NW • (202) 895-6070

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, completed in 1816 by Thomas Peter and his wife Martha Custis Peter, granddaughter of Martha Washington, was designed by Dr. William Thornton, the first architect of the U.S. Capitol. The elegant neoclassical house was the home of six generations of the Peter family.

See their web site for hours • 1644 31st Street NW • (202) 965.0400

The White House

The home of who ever is currently in charge of screwing up our country.

See their web site for visitor information • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue • (202) 208-1631

Woman’s National Democratic Club

Built in 1894, the home of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, also known as the Whittemore House, was placed on the DC Register in 1964 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a landmark of importance that contributes significantly to the cultural heritage and visual beauty of the city

Tours by appointment only • 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW • (202) 232-7363

Woodrow Wilson House

Built in 1915 by architect Waddy Wood, the house is a fine example of the Georgian revival style.  After purchasing the property in 1921, Wilson and his wife Edith remodeled it to suit their needs. The structure and its interior have been carefully preserved to reflect the era of their residence here.

Open Tue-Sun 10-4 • 2340 S Street, N.W. • (202) 387-4062