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Octagon Museum, Washington DC

Octagon Museum - Washington DC, District of Columbia
Octagon Museum
1799 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006Map
+1 202 626 7318
Neighborhood: Downtown
Overview

The eight-sided, 19th-century home of John Tayloe III, a wealthy contemporary of early US presidents, offers an interesting glimpse into both history and architecture. President Madison resided here after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed in the Octagon's study at the war's end. Architectural exhibits are integrated into the fine house with its period furnishings. The building itself is a masterpiece, designed by William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol and other high points of Federal-era Washington.

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Octagon Museum General Information
  • Open Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Arts & Museums
  • Nearest Train: Farragut West
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