Exhibits at Dumbarton

Take a step back in time to learn about life in Federal Period Washington, D.C. Explore our past exhibitions here and check back for a new exhibit in our galleries in Fall of 2024.

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Past Exhibits

Making DC

In 1790, a swampy spot near the Potomac River was chosen to be the new United States capital. However, it was made into a city ...
Past Exhibits

Power in Preservation

The Power in Preservation exhibit is a celebration of the role that women have historically played, and continue to play, in the broad field of ...
Past Exhibits

Pick Your Poison

Did you know that in the year 1800, the average American over the age of fifteen consumed thirty-two gallons of hard cider and beer, seven ...
Black and White Dumbarton House c 1920 Library of Congress
Past Exhibits

History’s Keepers: The Legacy of the NSCDA

Since 1891, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) has worked to inspire a spirit of patriotism and a genuine love of ...
Past Exhibits

The Exchange

An exciting exhibition series, The Exchange, is designed to present a couple of items from history in a way that engages visitors and helps them reflect ...
stem in the historic house
Past Exhibits

STEM in the Historic House

The disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are essential to further how we understand, preserve and interpret historic houses and the collections contained ...