Fodor's Expert Review Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)
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. On exhibit through August 2016 is Remembering the American Revolution: 1776–1890. The museum hosts Tuesday Talks, a lunch lecture series, and Family Saturdays; check the website for dates.