Program FAQs

Join the virtual program using the pink “View Livestream” button in your Ticketleap confirmation email. If you encounter issues joining the program, please contact Dumbarton House staff at

We are slowly returning to in-person programs at the museum as DC reopens. Please see our programs calendar for in-person opportunities.

For most programs, you will enter through the visitor’s center door— the door to the right when you enter from Q Street. Some programs are outdoors and will have an entry point indicated with signage on the grounds. Lastly, a few of our programs take place in the Belle Vue Room— this will be indicated in the program description and signage throughout the grounds will direct you.

If you need to get in touch with a staff member onsite the day of your program or event, please call (202) 948-5862. For all other program inquiries, please email the Programs Manager at

Dumbarton House is committed to promoting the use of sustainable transportation as a way to reduce local traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Metrorail: Dupont Circle Station (Red Line) –  Q Street exit, the house is approximately six blocks west on Q ST, NW,a short walk or ride on the D2 or D6 bus lines. For more information about Metrorail and maps, the WMATA website.

Metrobus: D1, D2, D3, D6 and G2 buses stop nearby. For more information, visit the WMATA website.

DC Circulator:  Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn route stops at 28th & M ST, NW, or 28th ST & Pennsylvania AVE, NW, depending on direction traveled.  Georgetown-Union Station route stops at Q ST & Wisconsin AVE, NW. Continue east on Q ST, NW, by foot.  For more information about DC’s local bus service, visit the DC Circulator website.

Bicycle: We have a bicycle rack at the corner of 27th ST, NW & Q ST, NW

Dumbarton House is fully ADA accessible. Handicapped parking is available in our parking lot,
located off 27th Street, just north of Q Street.

Outside food is allowed at the Jane Austen Film Festival and Picnic Theater Company productions. Outside alcohol is not allowed at any program, in accordance with DC liquor laws and licenses.

We offer a member discount for participants in our museum membership program and for members of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

We ask that anyone experiencing any symptoms of illness stay home (and will issue refunds to that effect). We are unable to distance everyone 6 feet from each other, but the event space in which we hold the tea portion has three double doors that open onto an outdoor space and we are planning on opening these doors during the tea portion to increase air flow. Every party is seated together so you will not be eating with people you don’t know. In addition, we have a very effective ventilation system that mixes fresh and recycled air and is constantly running to ensure proper air circulation.  All the air handling units (upgraded in 2017) are equipped with the best filters possible for our system and the event space has two dedicated air handlers that are constantly circulating and filtering the air in that room. We recommend that attendees wear a mask except when actively eating. We are doing everything in our power to provide a safe environment but cannot guarantee the safety of attendees but attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 when attending events and programs at Dumbarton House.

Following recommendations from the District of Columbia, Dumbarton House is no longer requiring proof of vaccination or the use of masks while indoors. Dumbarton House will continue to monitor the updates coming from Mayor Bowser and make changes as they are recommended by the city.

Masking indoors or among large crowds is much appreciated by those who are unable to accept the vaccine on account of health or age. Please, help yourself to a complimentary mask if you wish to use it.

Thank you for keeping families safe.