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Investigate American History and decorative arts through the DAR Museum’s changing and permanent exhibits.

The Museum Gallery

Located on the first floor, the DAR Museum Gallery is home to special exhibitions that change annually.

In the Gallery

Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia,
October 3, 2014 – September 5, 2015

This DAR Museum exhibition will introduce visitors to a little known history of early American quilts. This exhibition, organized and written by Curator of Costume and Textiles Alden O’Brien, looks at quilts and their makers from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860. The quilts, made from the finest imported fabrics of the time, reflect the refined taste, style, and wealth of the women artists. “Eye on Elegance” sheds light on new research about the quiltmakers of these elegant creations and the many hands assisting in the construction. Many of the thirty-six quilts displayed were stitched by women of means, their family members, neighbors, friends, and both free and enslaved servants. Quilt patterns are often regional designs which some makers took with them when they moved. One section of the exhibition examines these design migrations. Quilt styles on display will be applique, reverse applique, pieced, and album.

Remembering the American Revolution, 1776-1890, Opens October 9, 2015

Learn about past exhibitions

The Yochim Gallery

Located on the lower level of Memorial Continental Hall is the DAR Museum’s study gallery where you can get up close to some of the master works in our collection.

Period Rooms

The thirty period rooms at the DAR Museum tell the story of the American domestic interior. The rooms date between 1690 and 1935. Reflecting how people furnished their houses, the rooms illustrate a wide range of cultures and regional differences.