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

Girl Scouts          School Groups          Homeschool           Dive Into Dumbarton


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 a Dumbarton House patch.  Registration is now open for our 2017-2018 programs!


We offer 5 programs geared towards Brownie & Junior Girl Scouts and that work towards badges requirements. Learn more about each program.

2018 Schedule and Pricing


Public Programs: These programs are open to troops and individual scouts. Choose from our set schedule, max. size is 40 scouts.

  • 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.
  • At Ease with Etiquette includes a tea party lunch plus a guided tour of the museum, all program supplies, and a patch. The cost is $25 per scout and $15 per adult (includes tour & lunch for adult).

Private Programs: Plan a special program for just your troop.

  • Day Programs: Saturday & Sunday starting between 9:00am -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 . 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. Additional people can be added at $30 per Scout and $10 per adult. Capacity: 40 Scouts and 10 adults. Overnights also include a continental breakfast.


All Girl Scout programs require a $50 refundable deposit. Register for a Girl Scout program by completing an online form. 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.

2017-2018 School Programs & 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.  A maximum of 36 2nd-8th grade students and 25 K-1st grade students can be accommodated.  All programs have a minimum requirement of 8 students.  If you have a larger group, please contact the Education Department to discuss available options.



Introduce students to our nation’s past! Through hands-on educational programs at Dumbarton House, students are invited to “travel back in time” 200 years and explore the early history of Washington D.C. Homeschool programs will be held on the last Thursday of the month and will run from February through May, 2018.

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Dumbarton Detectives February 22nd, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
Students become history detectives and uncover evidence of how Dumbarton House has changed over the last 200 years.  Through hands-on activities students will practice conservation of “historic” objects and will get to create their own plaster cast to take home.
Length: 2 hours

Art at Dumbarton House March 29th, 2018 1:00-3:00-pm
A picture is worth a thousand words – so during this program students will “read” art in the house to better understand artistic tools, mediums, and techniques.  Students will also be challenged to create their own still life drawings using different artistic mediums.
Length: 2 hours

Farm to Table April 26th, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
Were Federal period households energy efficient?  How do we interact with our environment?  Students will explore the inside and outside of Dumbarton House to learn more about where our food comes from and how to be more responsible citizens of the Earth.  By using herbs cut in Dumbarton House’s own garden students will feel even more connected to the historic site.
Length: 2 hours

Parthenon to Portico: May 31st, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
What does America have in common with Ancient Greece?  Students learn how America was influenced by this great civilization by comparing Classical Greek and American ideals of government, art, and architecture.  Using elements of Classical Greek architecture and their own imagination, students design a public structure to take home!
Length: 2 hours

FAQ’s about our 2018 Homeschool Programs 


Dive Into Dumbarton 

Dive into Dumbarton and grow your little ones love of history! This 10-week summer program is 45-minute and is geared towards children ages 3-5 and their parent/caregiver. Each week, take a mini-tour of our historic property, then interact with fun activities, crafts, and games.

June 7 – August 9, 2018, Thursdays, 10am
$5/child, FREE/Family Museum Members

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*Please note a parent/caregiver must stay with their child/children throughout the program



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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