Period Room Tour

American period rooms are a phenomenon of the Colonial Revival period. Just as the NSDAR was at the forefront of the Colonial Revival, the DAR Museum period rooms are among the earliest in America.

With each room sponsored by a different state organization of NSDAR, they reflect a wide range of time and place. The New Jersey Room, a "seventeenth-century council chamber," was the first period room to be installed and looks much as it did when it first opened in 1910. Other rooms, originally the administrative offices of the National Society, are funded by different states and range in date from a one-room Pilgrim century dwelling (the Wisconsin Room) to a Victorian parlor (the Missouri Room), a tavern (Georgia), a study (Delaware), and an attic filled with toys and dolls (New Hampshire).

Virtual Tour

Nothing can take the place of an on-site tour with a trained DAR Museum docent, but until you can come to Washington, virtually step inside the DAR Museum Period Rooms online with this interactive 360 degree photography tour.

Each virtual tour provides the opportunity for you to move around the room by dragging your mouse to the different areas you want to see. The 360 degree perspective allows you to see everything in the room from the beautiful chandeliers and architectural features to the antique furnishings and carpets, exploring the many highlights of the DAR Museum collection.

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On-Site Tours

Walk-In and Reserved Tours


Docent TourDocent-led tours of the period rooms are available Monday - Friday,
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For individuals and walk-in groups of 9 or less, tours are on the hour and half-hour subject to docent availability. Tour sign up is required for walk-in visitors at the docent desk. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, and admission is free.

For groups of 10 or more, reservations are required with a fee of $3 per person for docent-led tours. Docent-led tours of the period rooms are available Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. only. For reservations, contact the Assistant Curator of Education at 202-879-3341 or email

Self-Guided Tours


When docents are not available, self-guides are provided for walk-in visitors and reserved groups at no cost. For self-guided tours, period rooms are accessible Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Self-guided groups of 10 or more are asked to notify the museum of their planned visit at 202-879-3341 or email

Podcast Tour


If you plan to visit the DAR Museum when a docent is not available, we recommend that you download the Period Room Tour Podcast and add it to your audio player before your visit. Audio players with the tour are also available to rent in gift shop.

Special Tours


Special tours are offered year round to highlight aspects of the collection. Please refer to the DAR Museum Calendar of Events or contact Assistant Curator of Education at 202-879-3341 or email for information on upcoming special tours.

Girl Power Tour Package

Discover three dynamic organizations that highlight women and their impact on culture and give insight to their place in history. The package includes tours of the DAR Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Sewall-Belmont House, as well as a continental breakfast, light lunch, or afternoon reception. Contact Elise Luthi at NMWA at 202-783-7367 for more information.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across the country to offer free admission for active duty military personnel from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.

Active duty military personnel and their families who visit DAR Headquarters will receive an American Heroes scavenger hunt through the DAR Museum, Library and Americana Collection with a free goody bag, as well as free admission to the DAR Library. (The DAR Museum and Americana Collection are always free to the public.) Simply visit the DAR Museum Gift Shop attendant with your Geneva Conventions CAC ID or a DD Form 1173 ID Card to pick up your scavenger hunt.

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