Youth Groups

Distance Learning Resources

Keep an eye on this page for new learning resources! You can find additional digital resources and virtual tours for NSCDA properties around the country, including Dumbarton House, at

Are you a teacher hoping to plan a virtual field trip for the fall? Are you a parent looking for virtual Girl Scout activities to keep your daughters occupied in the summer? Reach out with questions, concerns, and desires by emailing  

Virtual Programs and Activities

Explore life in the Federal Period with a virtual tour of Dumbarton House, keeping your eyes peeled for “I-Spys” along the way! (All I-Spys listed at the end of the document.) 

Find out how Classical Greek architecture and style influenced the society and culture of Federal Period America!

Read about the history of Dumbarton House while coloring in the pages of our Dumbarton House Coloring Book!

Practice your math skills by helping Joseph count some money and design your own bill in this Treasury Activity

Learn about Federal period fashion and play with paper dolls in this Historic Fashion Activity.

Family Book Club

Use our guiding questions to explore three books – one for adults, one for teens, and one for children – in these multigenerational family book clubs.

Everyone knows our Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. How did women contribute to the Revolutionary War? Find out in our Dumbarton House Family Book Club:_Founding Mothers.

  • Make your own Book Artist Craft using paper bags! Pair this craft with our Founding Mothers book club for further learning.

In 1796, an enslaved woman named Ona Judge escaped from the most powerful man in America – President George Washington. Learn more in our Dumbarton House Family Book Club: Ona Judge

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal,” and yet the new United States enslaved people for life. Learn more about this contradiction in American history and the contributions of enslaved people through our Dumbarton House Family Book Club: In the Shadow of Liberty.

Online Puzzles 

View of the Potomac by Caroline Rebecca Nourse (1838)

“Prospect of Georgetown from the Tenleytown Road” by Rebecca Wistar Morris Nourse (1820)

Portrait of Phoebe Morris by Charles Willson Peale 

Portrait of Sarah and James Nourse

More puzzles can be found at

Museums 101 Videos

Museums 101: Archives – learn what archives are and how to care for fragile primary source documents!

Museums 101: Federal Period Art and Architecture – learn how to spot the Federal style in architectural features and furniture design and how these style choices were influenced by Classical Greece and Rome!

Museums 101: Textiles and Wallpaper – learn about how we decorated our period rooms using historically accurate wallpaper and carpets! 


In-Person Programming

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, D.C., history.  Find out more about our youth programs:

Girl Scouts          School Groups


Girl Scouts 

Step back in time at Dumbarton House during one of our Girl Scout programs! Programs are geared towards Daisy, Brownie, Junior, & Cadette Girl Scouts badges/petal requirements.  Programs include a tour, craft activity, and a Dumbarton House patch.


Programs are open to troops and individual scouts. Choose from our set schedule, max. size is 30 scouts.

  • Day programs cost $10 per Scout
  • Private day programs: Plan a special program for just your troop. Minimum of 5 scouts ($50) required. Select a program and date of your choice! 

2020 Schedule

       Until further notice, all Girl Scout programs will be virtual and cost $10  per Scout. Please register for a public or private Girl Scout program using our online registration form.

July 25, 2020: Inspired Painter, 10am-11:30am

       August 5, 2020: Drawing Dumbarton, 10am-11:30am

       August 19, 2020: Playing the Past, 10am-11:30am 


Check back in later for more dates! 


Badge Workshop Descriptions


To register for a Girl Scout program, first complete an online registration form. After receiving your registration, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm and collect your required $20 refundable deposit (if your total is $20 or more). Your final count and payment will be due two weeks prior to your program. 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 and FAQs

School field trips cost $4/student and the first 3 required chaperones are free.  All additional chaperones are $4/each.  A $25 deposit is required to confirm your field trip and the balance is due upon arrival.  D.C. 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 The Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia.

To register for a field trip, please complete a field trip request form.  School programs are available Wednesday through Friday.  All programs have a minimum requirement of 8 students. A maximum of 36 students can be accommodated per field trip.  If you have a larger group, please contact the Education Department to discuss available options.



Dumbarton House offers a number of homeschool programs upon request. These programs cover various seasonal topics about life in the early Capital city. Programs include:

  • School and Fun: What was life like for children in the Federal period? 
  • Harvest Time: What did people eat and where did they get the food 200 years ago?
  • Patriotism and Presidents: Learn about American history and symbolism!
  • Time Travelers: Explore what life was like 200 years ago by using all your senses! 
  • Winter Warmth: Learn about how people stayed warm before central heating.
  • Parthenon to Portico: Discover the Classical Greek and Roman influences on Dumbarton House and other buildings!
  • Communication Through Time: Practice the art of letter writing and learn about the postal system.
  • Art at Dumbarton: Use close-looking skills to learn about artistic techniques using the art in our collection!

For homeschool programs, the cost is $7/child and $5/adult. There is a minimum cost of $75 (for example 10 children and 1 adult). Maximum capacity: 40 children and 10 adults.



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 or

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