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Richards DAR House Museum

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Address: 256 N. Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36603
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+1 251-208-7320
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13:00 - 16:45
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Sun 13:00 - 16:45
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:30
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A beautiful 1860s Italianate townhouse located in the De Tonti Square...

A beautiful 1860s Italianate townhouse located in the De Tonti Square Historical District in the heart of downtown Mobile, Alabama. This 10,000 square foot dream home, filled with a large family, was built by Captain Charles Richards and his wife Carolyn. Surrounded by formal gardens and old brick courtyard, the House Museum is furnished with period antiques, original chandeliers, interior and exterior architectural appointments including carved Carrera Marble fireplaces with cathedral arches, cantilever staircase, and the four seasons lace ironwork lining the front gallery and sidewalk. Operated and furnished by the Mobile chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1973, they invite you to join them for a tour of this beautiful home and take complimentary tea and cookies afterward.

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One of the great old homes in Mobile

The amount of time and money the DAR ladies and the city of Mobile have put into this home is amazing. You can tell that restoring period pieces to the home was a labor of love... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Guy S
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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I saw this house on trip advisor and planned to stop by while in Mobile. My kids go to the KDS DAR school and I thought it would a cool place to see. There were no bad reviews on TA so when we stopped by I was very disappointed! The front windows were boarded up and there was orange tape... More 

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Thank zactiff
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We apologize that you missed touring the museum. and certainly hope that you will stop by again. The Richards House is OPEN weekdays (except Tuesdays for now) with tours beginning at 11A M and closing at 3:30 P M. Saturday hours are from10 A M until 4 PM. Sunday hours 1P M until 4 P M . We suggest calling... More 

Irvine CA
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221 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Richards DAR House Museum is an older house with period furniture. Not worth a special trip but if one is in Mobile with a free hour or so and you like visiting period homes, then a visit is recommend.

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Thank William P
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57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

The amount of time and money the DAR ladies and the city of Mobile have put into this home is amazing. You can tell that restoring period pieces to the home was a labor of love for the DAR. The ladies who took us through were very knowledgeable and gracious, even to the extent of serving us tea and cookies.... More 

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Thank Guy S
Pensacola
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

WE saw this museum and just decided to drop in. They were not busy and a lady said she would take us on a private tour of the house. It was quite interesting and very informative . I learned a little more about the history of Mobile and the family who had lived there.

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Thank alallsopp
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by and taking a tour of this wonderful Victorian House Museum. We love to share the history of Mobile as well as the history of the family that lived in the House almost a hundred years. More 

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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Great tour. Our guides did an excellent job in not only sharing the houses history but giving you a feel for the life of the family in the mid-1800's. These ladies are all volunteers and their passion for the house and its history was clear.

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Thank Becky H
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. We do love sharing the history of the time period, the city,and this beautiful House Museum. More 

Missouri
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

The ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have been good stewards of this home and they give a great tour. Our tour guides were Sheila and M.R. both ladies made you feel right at home as they explained the furniture, the various rooms, and what would have taken place in the rooms for the time period. They... More 

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1 Thank happytraveler60
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad that you took a day off from your trip at the beach to come see some of the historical sights in Mobile ... especially the Richards Museum! We enjoyed sharing this beautiful home with you! More 

LaGrange, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This was an excellent tour of a beautiful home that is operated by DAR! The ladies were very gracious and informative and friendly. We enjoyed the tea and cookies at the end of the tour!

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1 Thank DonnaT30240
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank - you! More 

Modesto, California
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

As a DAR, I greatly wanted to visit this house when I discovered it existed. We are visiting from California and knew that this would be our only opportunity. We didn't learn of this house until late in the day so we called to find out if we could still get in for a tour. One of the docents named... More 

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1 Thank Nancy C
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for expressing your appreciation for the wonderful D A R volunteer docents. Please come again. More 

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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This house has so much to offer in old Mobile history. The furnishings are just fantastic for people that enjoy antiques. The house itself is full of them. Period paintings on the walls, and the kitchen has period utensils. The tour guides are very southern friendly and informative and quick to answer all of your questions. This is definitely a... More 

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Thank Ruth W
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and compliments to the guides for their knowledge of the Museum furnishings as well as the rich history of our beautiful city. More 

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68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This house shows old southern charm in a bustling downtown site. The DAR House serves as a local gathering spot for social activities and meetings

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Thank Trigerfish
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

You are so correct! Not only is the Richards Home a Museum by day but also serves as a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions and social gathering in a secluded historic residential area just blocks away from city center.Thanks for your review! More 

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