Activities & Resources
DAR Museum050in Washington, DC 20006
about DAR Museum:
The museum features 32 period rooms, depicting life in early America, and two galleries with permanent and rotating exhibits.
The Museum Shop includes adaptations and reproductions of objects inspired by objects in the DAR Museum collection. All proceeds help support the museum.
The main draw for kids is on the Third Floor, where the New Hampshire Toy Attic houses a wealth of early American children's toys and furniture. The strictures against touching are relieved by a stop at the Touch of Independence area.
On the first and third Saturdays of each month from September through May, children ages five to seven can sign up to take a tour through history. Offered from 1:30pm-2:30pm and 3pm-4pm, Colonial Adventure gives kids a peek at a one-room house, and the chance to play old-time games, enjoy a make-believe tea party, and more. Call to reserve in advance; this is a popular program.
The DAR hosts two camps for children. Colonial Camp is for children ages 8-12, and offers them a chance to step back in time. Camp participants have the opportunity to wear historically accurate costumes, meet 18th century characters brought to life by costumed interpreters, learn to fence and throw a tomahawk, play colonial games and learn period dances, and prepare and serve 18th century foods.
Quilt Camp is for children ages 10-17, and teaches the essentials of hand quilting. Campers are taken through the entire process as they craft their project, including choosing fabrics, making templates, hand appliqué, and hand quilting. Campers also have the chance to learn more about quilting and other American folk arts by studying quilts in the DAR Museum's collection and visiting nearby museums. Some basic sewing experience is recommended.
The DAR Constitution Hall shares the same address and has been hosting special events and concerts in DC since 1929.