Youth Groups

Step back in time at Dumbarton House during one of our Youth programs! Dumbarton House offers a wide range of programming for children. Introducing youth to our nation’s past during hands-on programs at Dumbarton House, students “travel back in time” 200 years and explore early Washington, DC history.Find out more about our youth programs:

Girl Scouts     School Groups     Homeschool


Girl Scouts

Step back in time at Dumbarton House during one of our Girl Scout day or overnight programs! Programs are currently geared towards Brownie & Junior Girl Scouts and work towards badges requirements. All programs include a tour, materials, snack and Dumbarton House patch.

Private Programs Pricing & Scheduling
Day Programs: Day programs are offered Saturday & Sunday starting at 9:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, or 12:30pm. Programs last approximately 2.5 hours. The cost is $15 per Scout and $5 per adult. There is an $85 (5 scouts, 2 adults) minimum for day programs. Capacity: 40 Scouts and 10 adults.

Overnight Programs: Overnight programs are offered Friday nights at 7:30pm through 8:00am the following day. The minimum cost for an overnight is $630 for up to 20 Scouts and 2 adults. For additional people – $30 per Scout and $10 per adult. Capacity: 40 Scouts and 10 adults. Overnights also include a continental breakfast for Scouts & adults.

Scheduled Programs Pricing
Day Programs:
The cost is $15 per Scout and $5 per Adult.

Overnight Programs:
The cost is $30 per Scout and $10 per adult. Overnights also include a continental breakfast for Scouts & adults.

Inspired Painter

Armed with artistic inspiration from the various 18th-19th century art forms at Dumbarton House, Brownies expand their art vocabulary and create their own artwork to take home! They explore how to express themselves through a self-portrait and share a story by painting a group mural.

Brownie Painting Badge Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Drawing Dumbarton

Using 200-year-old objects from the museum, Scouts explore various methods and techniques of drawing including still life, shading, perspective, and even cartoons. During this art-specific program Juniors expand their art vocabulary and take home a portfolio of their creations.

Junior Drawing Badge Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Bygone Games

With their scavenger hunt and haversack, Scouts tour the museum to learn what life would have been like for children in the Federal Period. Afterwards it’s time to play! Brownies try games from the period and reinvent the rules to come up with a new game to play with their fellow Scouts.

Brownie Making Games Badge Steps: 1, 2,3, and 4

Playing the Past

Learning how girls lived during the Federal Period. Juniors tour the historic house to “research” their role, then it’s time to pretend they are young women living in the new capital city. They write with a quill pen, play games, make a clothespin doll to take home, and end with a tea party.

Junior Playing the Past Badge Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

At Ease with Etiquette

Learn the essentials of etiquette and how it has evolved over time. From table manners to polite conversation, Scouts will get to practice the basics. Then they’ll put what they’ve learned into practice during an afternoon tea party with their new friends! This is a special program that includes lunch plus a guided tour of the museum, all program supplies, and a Dumbarton House patch. The cost is $25 per scout and $10 per adult (includes tour & lunch for adult).

Brownie Making Friends Badge Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Junior Social Butterfly Badge Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5


All Girl Scout programs request a $50 refundable deposit. Please check back in July for our Fall/Spring 2017-18 registration information. Please contact the Education Department if you have questions about our Girl Scout programs.


School Groups

Dumbarton House offers educational field trips for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Our field trips are tailored to meet the Common Core School Standards and DC and Virginia school standards. View standards alignment for our Time Travelers and Capital Quest Programs.

School Programs Information

School field trips cost $4/student and the first 3 required chaperones are free. All additional chaperones are $3/each. A $25 deposit is required to confirm your field trip and the balance is due upon arrival. DC Public & Charter Schools are free of charge. Additional funding may be available to Title I schools for transportation, please indicate on the registration form if your school is in need of transportation. Support for school program transportation is generously provided in part by The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia.

To register for a field trip, please contact Stephanie Boyle at or 202-337-2288 x222. School programs are available Tuesday through Friday. A maximum of 36 2nd-8th grade students and 25 K-1st grade students can be accommodated. All programs have a minimum of 8 students required. If you have a larger group, please contact the Education Department to discuss options.



Homeschool programs will return in the fall of 2017. Dumbarton House offers educational programs for homeschool families that include a hands-on, interactive tour of the museum or grounds followed by workshop activities and a snack.



The Museum’s programs are available to all students and Scouts as the hands-on programs are developed to connect with all learning styles. Given enough notice, Museum Educators can adapt programs to fit the specific needs of your students or Scouts. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.


Contact the Education Department, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. 202-337-2288 x222;


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