Step Back in Time This Holiday Season with Dumbarton House

Ever wondered what the holiday season was like in the earliest days of the Nation’s Capital? Explore life in early Washington this Christmas with a visit to Dumbarton House, the longest-running museum in Georgetown.

Dumbarton House is decked out for the holidays, although not as decked out as you might expect. Learn about the customs and celebrations of years gone-by with a visit to the museum during our open hours, Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by attending one of our holiday programs.

For a magical experience, join Dumbarton House for our holiday open house on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the house by (faux) candlelight, try wassail, a Federal period holiday punch and make a Christmas craft from the early 1800s. Can’t visit in December? Never fear, we always have new programs and exhibitions so follow us on social media to stay up to date.

Although not as grand as our neighbor, Dumbarton Oaks, our grounds are a beautiful oasis in the city, open daily for free, from dawn to dusk, and we even have free Wifi!

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