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Address: 2715 Q Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3071
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+1 202-337-2288
11:00 - 15:00
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An AAM-accredited historic house museum and the national headquarters of...

An AAM-accredited historic house museum and the national headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, Dumbarton House is a Federal period estate and museum collection offering a unique view of what life was like for early Washingtonians.

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Wedding venue

A classic Washington look and very good for a special event. We came here for the wedding and it was handled very well. Service, food and staff did a very good job in making the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
Frank G
Los Angeles
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Cedar Brook, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A wedding invite led us to this interesting historical home for the ceremony and reception. The landscaping and beautiful gardens led to the entrance where a docent was available to allow us to to the house. The atmosphere was perfect - an outdoor ceremony in the back followed by a cocktail house on the patio on the same level. The... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

A classic Washington look and very good for a special event. We came here for the wedding and it was handled very well. Service, food and staff did a very good job in making the guests fell welcome. Service was good but the area was a bit cramped. The event was held under two tents but the service was outdoors.... More 

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

I visited The Dumbarton House for the National Day of Archeology event they had and the house and gardens are beautiful. The history and architecture are very neat too. My biggest complain though is the parking. There's only one tiny little parking lot, which was full and a lot of the nearby street parking spots were full. It didn't ruin... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

visited this house to see an example of how a family would live at this point in history, the staff where friendly and informative, the house had been moved back from the road?

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

We enjoyed an interesting tour of the house (3/4 hr) with a knowledgeable and very nice guide (Cynthia ?). I particularly liked hearing about the painstaking research and renovation of the furnishings and wallpaper for example. The two guides at the house were terribly helpful trying to organise a cab for us to go onto the next historic house which... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

I stumbled upon this place while walking back from my hotel. I actually didn't go in the house, but instead spent time in the small garden in the corner of the property. It is peaceful and charming, a great spot to read. The garden stays open longer than the house does, from dawn 'till dusk, and is free. The house... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

The cost is nominal ($4 with AAA; $5 w/o) for a tour with a docent of the six decorated rooms and two display areas (two more for special exhibits which were not open when we were there). The docent relates information specific to the home and its decor, DC area, and the architecture and customs of the historic time. An... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Our Washington, DC History & Culture tour group would like thank Dumbarton House for hosting us during the “Holidays Through History” program. It was an excellent event and we enjoyed our visit. The house is stunning and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We’ll be back again very soon. Thanks again.

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

We weren't heading here: we were aiming for Dumbarton Oaks further along "R Street," but the taxi dropped us here. No matter! We had a fine few minutes in this partially restored Federal home that now serves as home for The Colonial Dames. Not much is viewable here, but neither is the $5 admission formidable. Painstaking studies in paint and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

A great place to visit in Georgetown, Washington DC. Not on your usual tourist route, but outstanding and well worth the visit. Beautiful laid out gardens on many levels.

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