Dumbarton House is a Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800, whose historic structure and collection are preserved to educate the public about life in Washington, DC, during the early years of the Republic. The museum features a significant, extensive collection of Federal-era decorative arts, paintings and furniture, and is the only fully-furnished Federal house museum open to the public in Washington.
The mission of Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, is to support the organization’s Corporate Societies and their members, to maintain its historic museum property, and to enhance the cultural life of Washington, D.C. Through the interpretation of its historic site and collections, Dumbarton House promotes the understanding of historic preservation and of the early history of our nation, so that the lives and ideals of early Americans inspire present and future generations.
Year-Round Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm (last museum entry is 2:45pm)
Self-guided tours are available year round. To arrange a docent-led tour, please call 202-337-2288, or complete the Tour Registration Form a minimum of three business days in advance.
Groups of five or more persons must schedule in advance (group discounts apply). For more information, please visit Group and Specialty Tours.
Dumbarton House is closed on many Federal holidays. Please check our FaceBook page for updates, as the schedule is variable.