Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Small Museum of the Month: Dumbarton House

The Dumbarton House is a Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800, residence of Joseph Nourse, first register of the U.S. Treasury, a post he held 48 consecutive years through six presidencies. Located in Georgetown , a popular Washington , DC shopping and dining destination for locals and visitors, the museum rests in a non-commercial, residential quarter. Off the beaten path, behind a high brick wall, often unnoticed by passersby, decreasing attendance at public programs, and fewer rentals -- extra challenges for us in the 2009 economic downturn. What to do? Recognize opportunities for creative, unconventional partnerships with other sites and membership organizations. Develop cooperative programs and events. Be open to new audiences. Add front signage. Success? Expand tour days/hours. We are proud to report that our visitation increased 30% in 2009, a new standard maintained in 2010 – to be surpassed by year’s end! The hidden “Jewel of Georgetown” is re-discovered. Huzzah!

Contact Info

The Dumbarton House

Headquarters, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

2715 Q Street NW ■ Washington, DC 20007

202-337-2288 ■ fax: 202-337-0348

Tour Hours

Between Mid-March and Mid-December: Tuesday-Friday, 10AM to 4PM (last museum entry is 3:45PM); Sat.-Sun, 11AM to 3PM (last museum entry is 2:45PM). Guided Tours also offered Tuesday-Sunday at 11AM, 12PM, & 1PM.

Between Mid-December and Mid-March: Tuesday-Sunday, 11AM to 3:00PM (last museum entry is 2:45PM), OR by prior appointment, 202-337-2288

Dumbarton House is closed on many Federal holidays; check for updates as the schedule is variable.

Dumbarton House is fully ADA accessible. Handicapped parking is available in our parking lot, located behind the garden at Q/27th Streets.

Admission: $5.00 per adult. Children, youth, and students-with-ID, receive free admission.

· Discount available to AAA members plus 3 guests when AAA discount card is presented.

· Admission is free to: The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America members, Museum Members, children with a paying adult, students with valid ID, AAM members, ICOM members, Historic House Museums Consortium of DC, and Treasury Department staff. There is no discount for seniors. Dumbarton House accepts the DC Power Pass.

· Dumbarton House is a Blue Star Museums partner, offering free tour admission for active duty military and their families (presenting military IDs) now through Sun., Sept. 5th.

Other info: Dumbarton House is the headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. The National Society purchased the home in 1928 as their headquarters, and opened it as a public museum in 1932. There are 45 societies of 16,000 members across the nation that own or operate 80 properties of historic and architectural significance, as well as contribute to patriotic projects and educational opportunities within their states.

Submitted by/Contact:

Missy Hoggan Groppel

Marketing & Events Manager

The Dumbarton House

Headquarters, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

2715 Q Street NW ■ Washington, DC 20007

phone: 202-337-2288 x230 ■ fax: 202-337-0348

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Photo of Museum of the Month will be added to the front page of the SMA website shortly. Photo of Dumbarton House from the Dumbarton House website.

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