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

The Main Gallery

Upcoming Exhibit:
Illuminating Design: The Deocoration and Technology of E.F. Caldwell and Co., 1895-1959
March 6, 2020 to December 31, 2020


Study Gallery

Examine over 600 objects in the collection up close in this newly renovated space. Perfect for researchers and those who want to see all the details!

The Yochim Gallery

This decorative arts gallery with regularly rotating exhibits is located on the lower level of Memorial Continental Hall.

Period Rooms

The 31 period rooms at the DAR Museum tell the story of the American domestic interior. The rooms date from the 1690s through the 1930s. Reflecting how people furnished their houses, the rooms illustrate a wide range of cultures and regional differences.

Online Exhibits
Upcoming Exhibition

Illuminating Design: The Decoration and Technology of E. F. Caldwell and Co., 1895-1959
March 6, 2020 to December 31, 2020

This exhibit will explore how design and technology allowed E. F. Caldwell and Company to offer a variety of lighting and decorative items in order to attract business and remain competitive.

E.F. Caldwell was a New York firm which created and manufactured high-end lighting and interior furnishings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examples of the company’s work are in many of the mansions built (or remodeled) during the era including, those belonging to the Vanderbilts and famed architect Stanford White in New York City, the Patterson House, Anderson House, Hillwood and the White House in Washington, D.C., and others in the Carolinas and Florida. All the DAR buildings that make up the headquarters complex have examples of E.F. Caldwell fixtures, most notably in the PG’s Assembly Room, PG’s Reception Room, the Genealogy Department offices and stairwells in the Administration Building.