DAR Museum

1776 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20006 - United States





Free Everyday

The DAR Museum looks at the American experience through objects and art of the American home from the colonial era through the early 20th century. The collection includes furniture, paintings, clothing, and other objects found in 400 years of American homes.


A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts
March 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Today’s culture makes it easy for American women to engage in the world around them, thanks to advances in both women’s rights and technology. But between 1820 and 1920, many women chose to respond to current events and trends creatively, through one of their prescribed activities: needlework. Quilts allowed women to engage in the world while conforming to their era’s gender roles, which restricted middle-class women to the private, domestic sphere. This exhibition will present quilts that reflect their makers’ interest in their world.

You can also visit our 31 period rooms that tell the story of the American home from the 1600s through the early 1900s.


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