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Octagon Museum

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The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George Washington. In 1814, the house was offered to President Madison as temporary quarters after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent...more
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1799 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-5207
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Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

They explain what life was like for the inhabitants and when James and Dolley Madison stayed there after the White House burned down. They also do a good job of highlighting what is known about enslaved persons who worked there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kayla O
Reviewed 20 December 2018

Visited the Octagon House with my family and some friends. It was a nice little museum, with interesting architecture, colorful history, a helpful guide and a ghost story. Both adults and teenagers were perplexed at the design of the home, surprised by the colors of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kurt_Mich75
Reviewed 7 February 2018

This house is run by the American Institute of Architects and does have both history and beauty. However, it is small (three stories are open with approximately 3 rooms a piece) and lacking in how it's presented. Two rooms upstairs are essentially modernized for exhibits...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank M2718
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Frankly even with all the wonderful and historic sites there are in DC, I am surprised that this site isn't better known. The house is interesting from an architectural standpoint and it is lovely to see that an organization of architects is involved with it's...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank chr_8
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

If you ever wondered where the president lived after the White House burned in the1800s here is your answer. It is also where the Treaty of Ghent was signed. For those who are fans of federal style architecture this is an interesting house given that...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Anna911
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We were doing a walk in the area on a Saturday and were surprised that this was open. You can take a free self guided tour daily except Sunday. James and Dolly Madison lived here for 6 months after the White House was set on...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Visitors visiting the White House and Memorials on National Mall should add this small museum into the agenda. The Octagon Museum is about 10 minute walk from the White House ground (President's Park) and the west side of National Mall. The museum is and exhibit...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Octagon houses were a unique house style briefly popular in the 1850s. They are characterized by an octagonal (eight-sided) plan and often feature a flat roof and a veranda all around. The most famous Octagon House of all was built between 1798 and 1800 in...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a delightful little jewel in the heart of the City. It was built in the early 1800's as a winter Residence for the Tayloe family. The house itself and is a wonderful example of the architecture of the period. We booked a tour...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Momalita
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Octagon House is famous for being the White House temporarily for James Madison when the original was burned, and that alone makes it worth visiting. It also houses the desk where the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 was signed. I like...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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