DAR Museum - Educational Programs

The DAR Museum strives to further the National Society’s objective of promoting education by providing a variety of activities and events for families, children, and school groups. Many of the programs are low cost or free, especially for schools. Families visiting the museum should look for family self-guided tours of the period rooms as well as family guides designed to accompany each exhibition.

School Programs

Programs for public and private schools and homeschoolers are offered Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All programs are free, but reservations are required at least two weeks in advance, with a minimum of 5 and maximum of 30 students. An adult chaperone must be provided for every five students. School self-guides are also available in lieu of tour. For school program information or reservations, please call the Curator of Education at (202) 879-3240 or email museum@dar.org.

Patterns and Shapes in Quilts (Grades K - 2)


This interactive program introduces young children to the museum by sharing our colorful collection of historic quilts. Each child has a chance to design his or her own quilt pattern. (Duration: about 45 minutes)

Colonial Child (Grades K-8)


Take a closer look at what life was like for children in the early days of our country’s history through objects and activities that explore clothing, schooling, games and preparation for adult life. (Duration: about 1 hour)

The Many Faces of the American Revolution (Grades 4 - 8)


Get acquainted with some of the women, slaves and Native Americans who helped establish this country through activities using objects and primary source material. (Duration: about 1 hour)

The Many Faces of the American Revolution
Teacher Resource Packet


This packet, for grades 4-8, was created to help teachers with lessons about colonial America and the American Revolution. The packet includes overview information on colonization and the American Revolution with supporting activities and flashcards.

Many Faces Resource Packet PDF

Journey Through American History
School Self-Guide
(Grades 4-8)


This school self-guide covers select period rooms dating from the 1680s to the 1860s. The guide is designed to engage students visually as they look at American decorative objects and stimulate discussion on early American history and life today; also includes Touch of Independence Education Center, a hands-on activity area. Division of the class into smaller groups with one self-guide per group is recommended.

School Self-Guide (PDF)

Colonial Traveling Trunk (Grades K - 8)


The Colonial Traveling Trunk will not be available September 1, 2014 - December 30, 2014 as we will be updating the portable outreach program's lesson plans. The trunk will be available again for rent after January 1, 2015. More information about the new lesson plans will be available June 2014.


Family Programs

Join the DAR Museum for some family fun Saturdays from October through May. These FREE programs offer craft activities or an adventure tour for families. Space is limited; reservations are requested but drop-ins are welcomed. Contact the Curator of Education at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org to reserve a space.

Fun Family Saturdays!


Parents and children ages 5 and older enjoy making seasonal or holiday early-American crafts. Supplies are limited; reservations are requested but drop-ins are welcome. This program is offered 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. See Calendar of Events for dates and activities.

Girl Scout Programs

Programs are held select Saturdays during the year, excluding summer and holiday weekends. Programs tend to fill quickly, so please reserve your date early. Three-week advance registration is required with application and a nonrefundable 50% deposit. Contact the Curator of Education at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org for questions and reservations.

Click here to download the Girl Scout Application (.pdf file)

My Family Story


Brownies and Juniors will explore their family histories by researching the meaning their names and learning about their family traditions. They will share their stories by making family trees and crests and through storytelling. This program is offered select Saturdays 1:30-3:30 p.m. Three-week advance registration with application and deposit is required; minimum 5 and maximum 15 girls. $10 per girl, no fee for adults; includes DAR Museum patch and program badge.

Colonial Doll


Daisies and Brownies will learn about life as a colonial child through and interactive tour and the making of a clothespin doll like children did in earlier times. This program is offered select Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Three-week advance registration with application and deposit is required; minimum 5 and maximum 15 girls. $8 per girl, no fee for adults; includes DAR Museum patch.

Boy Scout American Heritage Program

The DAR Museum along with the Neighbors to the President Consortium has developed a Boy Scout Walking Tour for boy scouts who are earning their American Heritage badge. By participating in the program, scouts will learn about ten sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places and the area known as "President’s Park." This walking tour meets three of the requirements of the American Heritage badge. For questions contact (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org.

Boy Scout Walking Tour Booklet (PDF)

Summer Camp Programs

2014 Summer Camp

Junior Historian Camp 2014
July 14–18, 2014

Time: 8:30 A.M–4:00 P.M.

Ages 9-12

Camp Fee: $300


Discover Washington, DC, 1800 to 1815 with us this summer! Learn about the early days of the nation's capitol through architecture, art, archaeology, maps, museums and more. Take field trips. Take on the role of a 19th-century newscaster. Do a mock archaeology excavation. Make your own exhibition.

The Junior Historian Camp 2014 is a partnerships among the DAR Museum, National Park Service President's Park and The Octagon Museum.

Once you are registered, you will be contacted by a DAR Museum educator for confirmation. Within two weeks, you will receive a camp information packet. Please read carefully, complete all forms, and return to the DAR Museum.

Junior Historian Camp Registration Brochure PDF


Summer Camps are supported by the DAR Museum Camper Buddy program.


The DAR Museum has internships available for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining experience in American history, decorative and fine arts, education, and collections management. Interns generally work 10- 20 hours per week for a period of 3-4 months. The internships are unpaid, but academic credit can be arranged in cooperation with your institution. Past interns have undertaken a wide variety of responsibilities and projects, including:

  • Performing historical or object research in preparation for exhibitions.
  • Working on inventory and cataloguing of objects in the museum's collection.
  • Assisting with updating slide and tour programs.
  • Helping to update and create educational programs.

Intern candidates should have completed at least their junior year and be well organized and independent. Application forms are available online (see below) or by contacting Assistant Curator of Education at (202) 879-3341 or museum@dar.org.

Application deadlines:
Summer: March 15
Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15

Internship Application Form (PDF)

Slide Programs

The DAR Museum offers themed programs to highlight the museum’s collection. All programs come with slides and a slide script. There are many programs to choose from including, A Tour of the DAR Period Rooms, Masterpiece Quilts from the DAR Museum Collection and Greatest Hits of the DAR to name a few. To purchase a slide program, contact the Assistant Curator of Education at (202) 879-3341 or museum@dar.org.

Slide Program List


DAR Coffee Table Book

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American Treasure: The Enduring Spirit
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Look Inside DAR

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