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Anderson House

2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-3640
+1 202-785-2040
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Explore the Society of the Cincinnati's historic headquarters, Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that has been the Society's home since 1938. The Society and its American Revolution Institute work to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War by supporting advanced study, presenting exhibitions and other public programs, advocating preservation, and providing resources to teachers and students. Tours of Anderson House reveal the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy-interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple's art collection and furnishings are still on display. Guided tours begin at 15 minutes past each hour. Anderson House also offers a changing exhibition gallery, a research library, and an active calendar of public programs.
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2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-3640
Dupont Circle
+1 202-785-2040
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited today with my granddaughters(12 & 14) and was very impressed by the docent Rob and everything we were told and saw! He explained the history of the house and the relationship between the house and the Revolutionary War and the WW1. Explained about the...More

Thank sleebrownies
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the Anderson House. The docents are a wealth of information. You are given the opportunity to learn about a little known part of history while seeing a gorgeous house with amazing pieces.

Thank Lookingforgoodstuff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The mansion and tour can be seen as how the Anderson family keeps (unexpectedly) intersecting American history. One ancestor serves as an officer in the Revolutionary war. Another is the commander who surrenders Fort Sumter. The last marries an heiress, collects art, and builds a...More

Thank Dan_Yucaipa_CA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was searching for something a little different on my last trip to DC. As a history teacher I have explored all of the usual monuments but never had the opportunity to spend time on Embassy Row. This hidden gem is also free to the...More

2  Thank JulieKJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful mansion has an extremely interesting historical significance. It is the home to the Society of the Cincinnati, which according to the tour and it's website, is the "nation's oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French...More

Thank GrandpaX4
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

This is an understated gem in the embassy district of the city. The tour guide we had, was knowledgeable about the house and the society that presently runs the building. The artefacts cover many different cultures expressing the Andersons eclectic and diverse experiences.

Thank Alexandra R
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

On our way to gaze at Embassy row we opted to take the tour of the Anderson House which is maintained by the Society of the Cincinnati. The home holds original art work and furnishings! The docent guided tour does a spectacular job giving you...More

Thank Annette K
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Anderson House, also known as the Larz Anderson House, is one of the most fashionable mansions in Washington, D.C. "A Florentine villa in the midst of American independence," according to one description. Located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, on Embassy Row in the DuPont...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

The Society of the Cincinnati is all about the Revolutionary War. So I though the Anderson house would have Artifacts from then. Nope this is all about Lars Anderson and his wife who eventually gave the house to the society. It still neat with everything...More

Thank Chris H
SOC1783, Deputy Director at Anderson House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thank you for your visit and four-star review, Chris. You're right that, while highlighting the history and significance of the Society of the Cincinnati and the American Revolution, the majority of the standard tour of Anderson House interprets the history of this magnificent home and...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

The Anderson House is a little gem on Massachusetts Ave., just west of DuPont Circle. It was built in 1902-04 by a wealthy couple with the latest technology at the time. It is now owned by the Society of Cincinnati. It is hugh (10,000 square...More

Thank RWG2020
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