Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you get your objects?
     Over the last century, generous DAR members have donated many of the decorative arts objects in the museum collection. We have some wonderful items that have been given by generous donors who are not members of DAR.  We also purchase objects with funding donated by both members and non-members alike.

Do they all have family histories?
      Many of the objects come with family histories, which is a significant advantage of our collection.

What was the first object given to the DAR Museum?
     The first recorded donation was a set of china, which was never formally accessioned and therefore is not in the DAR Museum's possession. Accessioning did not begin until around 1910. The first formally accessioned item was a beaded bag owned and used by Malatiah Youngs, wife of Samuel Youngs, a Revolutionary War soldier. Malatiah's great-granddaughter donated it during the early 1910s.

Why is the DAR Museum cut-off date 1840?
      1868 Powder HornThough the year 1840 symbolically represents the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in America, we do not limit ourselves to that actual date. Depending upon the collection involved we will accept objects after 1840 if they help further the scope of the collection or are useful in a period room.

Do you have Revolutionary War swords and guns?
     We have a small collection of guns and swords and not all of them are from the Revolutionary War.

Do you have objects made or used by famous Americans?
      Dolley Madison's EarringsWe have several pieces of presidential china, including George Washington's; three arm chairs made for the White House during President Monroe's administration; a pair of Dolley Madison's earrings; Thomas Jefferson's socks and slippers; a quilt made by Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key, the wife of Francis Scott Key; and silver made by silversmith and patriot Paul Revere. Since First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison was the first President General of the DAR, we have many personal and ceremonial objects relating to the Harrisons.

How can I give something to the DAR Museum?
     As the museum does not have the space to accept everything offered, a collecting policy can be sent to you on request, or you can call the museum office at (202) 879-3241 and be referred to the appropriate curator.

Can I arrange for a special tour of the DAR Museum?
     Docent-led tours of the period rooms are available for walk-in visitors on the hour and the half hour Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Self-guided tours are available before 10:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. and throughout the day when a docent is not available.

Special period room tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or larger but must be reserved at least 4 weeks in advance. Tours last approximately 1 hour in length and can be scheduled Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with limited availability on Saturday. A $3 per person fee will be charged for each group tour. For further information or to schedule a tour, please contact the Assistant Curator of Education at (202) 879-3341 or

Is there a charge to see the DAR Museum?
      There is no fee to visit the DAR Museum.

Is the DAR Museum located in Constitution Hall?

The DAR Museum is actually located in Memorial Continental Hall, a marble building that fronts 17th Street. It was designed in the Neoclassical Revival or Beaux-Arts style by Edward Pierce Casey. This National Historic Landmark was completed in 1910 and is the oldest of three buildings that make up the NSDAR complex.

DAR Constitution Hall is located at the other end of the block and fronts 18th Street. It was also designed in the Neoclassical style by noted architect John Russell Pope and completed in 1929. Concerts and other events are held in this National Historic Landmark.

Is there parking at the DAR Museum and what is the nearest Metro station?
     There is limited parking at the DAR Museum. On most days some metered parking ($1 per hour in change) is available. Nearby garages can be found on Pennsylvania, 17th and 18th streets. The closest metro stops are Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) and Farragut North (Red line).

What are the DAR Museum and gift shop hours of operation?
     The DAR Museum and gift shop are accessible Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Are the period rooms handicap accessible?

Yes, with the assistance of a security staff person the DAR Museum period rooms are handicap accessible. Please call security at 202-879-3220 for instructions on handicap access.

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