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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)

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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR) Review

The Beaux Arts-style Memorial Continental Hall was the site of the DAR's annual congress until the larger Constitution Hall was built, and now serves as its headquarters. An entrance on D Street leads to the museum, where the 30,000-item collection includes fine examples of colonial and Federal furniture, textiles, quilts, silver, china, porcelain, stoneware, earthenware, and glass. Thirty-one period rooms are decorated in styles representative of various U.S. states, ranging from an 1850 California adobe parlor to a New Hampshire attic filled with 18th- and 19th-century toys. Two galleries—one featuring changing exhibitions—hold decorative arts. Docent tours of the period rooms are available weekdays 10–2:30 and Saturday 9–4:30. On exhibit through August 2015 is "Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Virginia and Maryland." The museum hosts a lunch lecture series and Family Saturdays; check with the website for dates.

Updated: 05-23-2014

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