Dupont-Kalorama Museums Open House Weekend (FREE)

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Dupont Circle Station

1525 20th St. NW

Washington, DC 20036

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Visit four spectacular museums for FREE during the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend. This is our group’s third annual participation in the Dupont-Kalorama museum event and this year we'll be visiting: Dumbarton House (The Colonial Dames of America), the President Woodrow Wilson House, the Larz Anderson House (the Society of Cincinnati) and the Phillips Collection - all for FREE.

The open house starts at 11:00 but let’s meet at the Dupont Circle Metro station (north exit) at 10:15. We can have some “icebreaker” discussions before getting started. Your host, Robert, will provide a very brief overview of the museums and our itinerary for the day. Then we’ll walk to our first stop, Dumbarton House, arriving a few minutes early before their doors officially open at 11:00.

This is a "buffet style" event where you can pick and choose the museums you want to visit with our group (i.e. you can arrive and/or leave whenever you like) - or you can stay with us the whole day. The event is open to the general public and all are welcome. Afterwards there will also be an optional dinner at a TBD location in Dupont Circle, at your own expense.

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Dumbarton House / The Colonial Dames of America

Address: 2715 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Time: 10:45 to 12:15 (we'll arrive a little early before the house opens at 11:00)

A visit to Dumbarton House, built c. 1800, offers guests a unique opportunity to view one of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in the U.S., along with its impressive furniture and decorative arts collections. They take away a clear idea of what life was like in the earliest days of our nation’s capital. In addition to being a historic house museum, Dumbarton House is also the headquarters of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

President Woodrow Wilson House

Address: 2340 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Time: 12:30 - 1:45

President Wilson imagined the world at peace and proposed a plan for achieving that vision. Nearly a century later, President Wilson’s challenge remains unfulfilled. The President Woodrow Wilson House gives a special glimpse into the private life of Woodrow Wilson while preserving his important legacy for future generations. After serving as the twenty-eighth President of the United States, where he led the nation through World War I, won the Nobel Peace Prize and created the League of Nations, Woodrow Wilson moved to S Street in 1921 to reflect on his career as educator, president and world statesman.

Larz Anderson House / The Society of Cincinnati

Address: 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Time: 2:00 - 3:15

In the spring of 1905, Anderson House was completed and took its place as one of the capital city's most fashionable mansions—a "Florentine villa in the midst of American independence." The firm of Arthur Little and Herbert Browne of Boston designed the mansion as the winter residence of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel, an author and benefactress. For more than thirty years, the couple enjoyed their Washington home as a showcase for their art collection, a backdrop for high society galas, and a home from which they explored what they considered "the most beautiful of American cities."

The Phillips Collection

Address: 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Time: 3:20 - 4:00

Encounter superb works of modern art in an intimate setting at The Phillips Collection, opened to the public in 1921 in Washington’s vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood. Paintings by Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O’Keeffe, Van Gogh and Diebenkorn are among the many stunning impressionist and modern works that fill the museum. Its distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with the former home of its founder, Duncan Phillips. The collection continues to develop with selective new acquisitions, many by contemporary artists.

Special exhibitions and frequent changes in the arrangement of the permanent collection mean that there’s something fresh on every visit to the Phillips. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art offers stimulating Conversations with Artists, symposia, lectures, and more, while Sunday Concerts, Phillips after 5 programs, and other events provide additional food for thought. The museum also produces a vigorous, award-winning program of educational outreach that serves thousands of students and teachers.

Additional Notes - Please Read Carefully!

Registration: No ticket is required - just show up. The event is open to the public and all are welcome (including children), thus there will be Meetup members and non-Meetup people participating.

Weather: This event is mostly indoors and will take place rain or shine. If it’s on the calendar then we’re proceeding as planned.

Parking: There is paid and free parking throughout the area.

Metro Station: Dupont Circle North - 20th & Q St. NW.

Meeting Point: It’s best to meet us at the Dupont Circle Metro Station, alternatively you could meet us at one of the museums.

Do I Have to Stay with the Group the Entire Day? No, leave early, show up late, whatever you want. Of course you are welcome to stay with our group the entire day if you choose. If arriving late just look for people with Meetup stickers, which we’ll hand out.

Is Food Available During This Event? No. If you’re staying with us the whole day you might want to bring a snack to hold you over until our dinner at 4:00 pm.

$$$ Photo Contest: Take any cool or fun pictures? Post them to either our Meetup or our Facebook page. The posted photo(s) that best captures the spirit of the Dupont-Kalorama museum Open House event will win a FREE Amazon gift card!

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.

This event is hosted by Washington, DC History & Culture:

We look forward to seeing you - thanks!

Robert Kelleman

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