Top Things to Do in Dupont Circle

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  • AnnieBay26
    Guilford, CT4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This gem of an exhibition includes many of Bonnard's paintings organized by genre: interiors, landscapes, and images of Marthe in the bathtub. There are echoes of Matisse and Van Gogh, and for bonus, Renoir's "The Boating Party" is on display. A lively discussion ensued when we were there as to the intended focus of the painting. I engaged several of the guards, who were thoughtful and articulate ( I always love to talk to museum guards...). The museum is easy to navigate; if you are an American Alliance of Museum member ( AAM) admission is free. But even if you are not, this small and lovely museum is wonderful. Not to miss. Gift shop is also full of great Bonnard themed gifts....
    Written April 27, 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like stately homes, this tour is for you. Anderson House has been on my list of to did for many trips, so on my return visit (my first since The Before Times) I made sure to fit in a Saturday morning visit.

    The house is the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization dating back to Revolutionary War times. There's a small exhibit that outlined the society, and the roles the house has set ex over the years, that visitors can peruse before a tour. The free guided tours are the only way to view the splendors of the house interior, and it's worth it.

    The different styles of design combined together reminded me a bit of Hearst Castle, but on a more refined, smaller scale. The artwork, particularly the murals and the painting over the main staircase, are stunning.

    There is a huge, airy ballroom (as was the case with most of the homes constructed at the time) which is a popular choice as an event venue. The tour also takes in the library and various reception rooms. Everything is carefully maintained and polished to perfection.

    As a retired educator and a dedicated architecture geek, I found this excursion to be well worth my time and am glad I squeezed it in to a busy Saturday.

    Tours are free, donations are welcome. The website details tour days and times.
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • Omeja P
    Kampala, Uganda2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views were breath taking, it was that week that the flowers were blooming, and the young leaves beginning to wake up following the end of winter.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Antoine P
    Douglasville, GA24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fun time just walking around identifying the different embassies and countries.

    Also the neighborhood has a bunch of shops for food and shopping.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, CA565 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a stately cathedral with beautiful mosaics and marble. It's a bit overshadowed by the surrounding buildings, but it's still a grand church, and well worth a stop.
    Written July 12, 2023
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA2,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The House of the Temple is the headquarters of a branch of the Freemasons. It is open for free public tours for very limited hours during the week. The hour-long tour is pretty thorough - not what you would expect from a "secret society." It takes you to the impressive "throne room"-style meeting rooms and into the libraries and small museum space, which have many old Mason artifacts. The regular guide was absent on the day I was there, and I think I would have learned more about the building and the Masons from that guide, but the substitute definitely covered the highlights and was well-informed.
    Written December 31, 2019
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  • JenniferLynn
    Chicago493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were looking for unique tours while in DC last weekend and fortunately found this one. We got tickets ahead of time and one thing to note is the $10 suggested donation / person. Personally, seeing as it was "suggested", we didn't donate when we initially booked. Since it was suggested, I wanted to do the donation after the tour - based on the experience. You don't quite get that luxury b/c they call you out at the beginning of the tour and "encourage/urge" you to donate right away.

    When you first get to the house - you wait outside for the next tour. There is no waiting inside. A foursome missed the 11:30 am tour by five minutes and could not join "late". There was only 1 tour guide and she starts the tour in the back of the house - so if you're waiting in the front, she'll never see you. So - be on time!

    Even after all that - I really enjoyed the tour. It ended up being over an hour and you really got to see most of the house. Even though the furnishings are from that time, I thought it was preserved very well, and our guide was very thorough in her descriptions.

    I would recommend the tour to others.
    Written February 28, 2020
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  • Kizzy B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The show was amazing!!! It was funny, interactive and mystifying!!! The hostess and other staff members were very friendly and helpful
    Written October 8, 2023
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  • Bill F
    Indianapolis, IN14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The circulator buses are an excellent way to see the monuments, but you need patience because they are crowded at certain times of the day. Late afternoons are difficult for them due to the heavy traffic.
    Written March 20, 2024
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  • Elaine K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This house is a really interesting part of American History. The three levels of the home really show the differences between the wealthy owners and their slaves.....worth a visit if you have time
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Pattie in dc
    Washington DC, DC4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A group of us saw "Merrily We Roll Along" and really enjoyed it. Accessibility is very important for us (a group of seniors) and it's good at Keegan, as 4 or 5 of us were using walkers. We go with some regularity, and sometimes enjoy dinner afterwards at nearby Annie's Paramount Steak House -- see picture. The productions are always good, ushers are very helpful, etc etc. Highly recommend the Keegan.
    Written February 5, 2024
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  • Y Y
    Scotch Plains, NJ122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a nice small museum commemorating the contributions of Jews in American wars. It took us 2 hours because we read a lot of the documents.
    Written January 12, 2024
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Church - Church of the Presidents

    I have visited St John’s Episcopal Church many times, as we often stay in that neighborhood.

    On this March visit, we were just across the street, at the Hay-Adams Hotel, and I was glad that I visited again.

    Besides being lovely, it is very historic, and worth the look around, regardless of one’s religion. Even though I am Jewish, and my wife a Catholic, this is a great church to visit.

    Besides the unique history, it is lovely, and intimate, and well-worth the half-hour to explore

    Unfortunately, I had no idea that rioters would set fire to this beautiful church, not too long after I visited it.
    Written October 16, 2020
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  • dalee827
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sherman and Chris were very knowledgeable and fun on our tour. They engaged with everyone and made sure we were having a good time. Thanks!
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • NewOrleansfirstgal
    Metairie, LA594 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The day we visited there was a wonderful exhibit of the Queens of Egypt. It was a wonderful exhibit and the grandchildren loved doing the scavenger hunt that was offered. The museum was beautifully layed out the exhibits were well defined and explained. I am so happy we went. I don't know how long this particular exhibit will be there but I would check to see what was there when you visit DC. It is a small uncrowded museum.
    Written September 15, 2019
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