Octagon Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
1799 New York Ave Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20006| Map |
The Octagon is one of the oldest and most important buildings in Washington D.C., and these days it lives on as a museum and art gallery showcasing Federal architecture. Located one short block from the White House, visiting families can easily include the Octagon Museum in their D.C. tour itinerary. The Octagon served as the temporary White House for President Madison when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812; over its 200 years, the Octagon has been the scene of many historic events, all of which are neatly explained in the museum’s displays and literature. The Octagon Museum is open for self-guided tours during limited periods, on Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00pm. There are four free audio tours available, each focusing on a different section of the museum, which may be downloaded to any personal media device. The museum occasionally sponsors Presidential Neighbors Walking Tours in the area; get information about these fun tours by directly calling or emailing the museum. To get a true feeling of stately Federal architecture at its finest, and learn interesting facts at the same time, a visit to the Octagon Museum is highly recommended.
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Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Free group tours can be had by contacting the museum in advance, which would be a great way to experience the museum as a family.
Address: 1799 New York Ave Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20006| Map
Phone: 202 638 3105
Hours: Thu-Fri 1 pm - 4 pm More Info
Price: Free More Info