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Historical Museum Guide for District of Columbia

A directory of Historical Museums in Washington D.C..

Taking a genealogy trip?  A visit to these museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your District of Columbia ancestors and the way they lived.

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Washington DC History Museums

American Red Cross Museum  [History]

Explore the history of the Red Cross.  Over 90 years of service to the American people is honored at the museum.  Exhibits depict events in the history of the American Red Cross.  Tours must be arranged in advance.  Located at 430 17th Street NW in Washington DC.


Historical Society of Washington D. C.

The Historical Society features exhibits related to the history of Washington D.C.  The society is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of District of Columbia history.  The  Kiplinger Research Library is located on the grounds and holds materials for the history buff or genealogical researcher.  Located at 801 K Street NW at Mt. Vernon Square in Washington DC 20001.


D A R Museum  [Virtual Museum Exhibitions]

The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum features a tour of 31 period furnished rooms led by costumed guides.  This tour depicts life in America from the 17th century through the early 19th century.  The DAR Library facility holds thousands of books, research files, manuscripts and other historical documents, helping researchers discover their family history.  Located at 1776 D Street N.W. in Washington DC.


Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House is a Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800, that serves as the headquarters for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.  The house boasts a collecction of furniture, paintings, textiles, silver and ceramics dating from the Federal period of U.S. History.  The NSCDA is a women’s organization that actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. The NSCDA is comprised of 45 state societies that own or support 80 other properties around the country of architectural or historic value. Located at 2715 Q Street in N.W. Washington D.C.


Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection


Holocaust Memorial Museum


L Ron Hubbard House Museum

Take a walk through the influential American author, humanitarian and Scientology founder's 1957 office.  See the world through his personal photographs and artifacts.  This Dupont Circle landmark is where the L. Ron Hubbard discoveries began to change the face of human rights, religion and culture.  Featuring free daily tours.  Located at 1812 19th Street NW on Embassy Row in Washington D.C.


Library of Congress  [American Memory]  [Global Gateway]


Lincoln Memorial


National Capitol Trolley Museum


National Museum of the American Indian


National Women's History Museum


Old Stone House Museum 

[History & Culture of Rock Creek Park]

Built in 1765, this lovely old 18th century house is one of the oldest known buildings in Washington DC and includes a lovely old English garden.  The museum features exhibits of everyday life in middle class colonial America.  Located inside Rock Creek Park at 3051 M Street NW in Georgetown, Washington DC.


Pennsylvania National Historic Site


Smithsonian National Museum of American History  [America on the Move]


Stephen Decatur House

One of the oldest surviving homes in Washington DC today, the home was built in 1818 for Stephen and Susan Decatur.  Stephen Decatur was a 19th Century Naval hero.  The historic site offers a museum, gift shop and special events can be held here.  Located at 748 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20006.


Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

[Research & History]  [Tours]

The house was home to Thomas Peter and his wife Martha Custis (granddaughter of Martha Washington).  Built in 1805, this National Historic Landmark is being beautifully restored.  Docent guided tours of the house are available and visitors may tour the gardens.  Located at 1644 31st Street NW in Washington DC.  Phone: (202) 965-0164.


US Government Virtual Tour


Vietnam Veterans Memorial  [Vietnam Virtual Wall]


Washington Monument  [Slideshow]


White House - President's Park  [White House Historical Virtual Tour]


Woodrow Wilson House Museum


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