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Museum

Q: What will I see at the DAR Museum?
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The DAR Museum is a decorative arts museum. It collects furnishings, ceramics, glass, textiles, and household items that were made and used in America through the early 20th century. You will see 31 period rooms (each arranged to look like a different time and place in American history), a main gallery with an exhibit that changes annually, and a study gallery where you can get close to the museum objects. 

Q: Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
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Yes, with the assistance of a security staff person the DAR Museum is accessible by wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The accessible entrance is on C Street. Please call the front desk at 202-879-3220 for further instructions on access. 

Q: Do I need to arrange for a special tour of the museum?
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No, you may explore the museum at your own pace any time during open hours. We do offer optional guided tours.

Q: Can I experience the DAR Museum without visiting Washington, D.C.?
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Yes! You can take a Virtual Tour of the museum’s period rooms, view our Current and Past Exhibitions, and see Featured Museum Objects online. You can also request a Portable Education Program to be shipped to you.

Q: How can I give something to the DAR Museum?
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While the museum does not have the space to accept everything offered, the curators would be happy to review your potential donation. Contact museum@dar.org to be referred to the appropriate curator.

Q: Can the museum staff identify my antique object or tell me how to care for it?
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Possibly. The museum staff’s broad range of expertise in early American decorative arts includes furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, and textiles. Contact museum@dar.org to be referred to the appropriate curator.