Woodrow Wilson House

Woodrow Wilson House Historic site & museum. Book your visit to the post-presidential home of Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924. OFFICE HOURS 9-5. TOUR HOURS: All house tours are guided.
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The President Woodrow Wilson House is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a museum and event space located in the heart of Kalorama in Washington, DC. Book your group, private or specialty tour on our website. Edith and Woodrow Wilson moved into this house when they left the White House in 1921. It has been preserved for 100 years. Very little has changed, except

the conversation. Our tours, programs and events give a special glimpse into the private life of Woodrow Wilson while addressing his complex and consequential legacy. An honest appraisal of history helps us understand ourselves as a nation and as a people.

Happy New Year from the team at the President Woodrow Wilson House, our Advisory Council, and the National Trust for His...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from the team at the President Woodrow Wilson House, our Advisory Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation! We are so grateful for all your support in 2023 and we look forward to an even brighter year in 2024.

12/29/2023
Happy 167th Birthday to President Woodrow Wilson. We also honor the 62nd Anniversary of the passing of First Lady Edith ...
12/28/2023

Happy 167th Birthday to President Woodrow Wilson. We also honor the 62nd Anniversary of the passing of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson on December 28, 1961. Please join us at the Washington National Cathedral for a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony at 10 AM.

Thank you to all of our donors, Advisory Council members, staff, guides, volunteers, and visitors for all your generous ...
12/23/2023

Thank you to all of our donors, Advisory Council members, staff, guides, volunteers, and visitors for all your generous support of the President Woodrow Wilson House this year. We are excited to welcome you back to the museum in 2024!

12/19/2023

We are proud to share the inaugural President Woodrow Wilson House Impact Report.

We are thankful for every person and organization that helped make Fiscal Year 2023 a success for the Wilson House. Your participation and support have set us up to achieve great things in 2024.

#2023 #

The staff at the President Woodrow Wilson House wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂🍁🍗   ...
11/23/2023

The staff at the President Woodrow Wilson House wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂🍁🍗

On the eve of Armistice Day – now known as Veterans Day – on November 10, 1923, former President Woodrow Wilson made a p...
11/11/2023

On the eve of Armistice Day – now known as Veterans Day – on November 10, 1923, former President Woodrow Wilson made a pioneering live radio broadcast. Speaking from the library of his post-presidential home, where he had resided since the conclusion of his second term in 1921, Wilson addressed the nation in a poignant four-minute speech. It was the first live presidential radio speech and the first live radio broadcast in the United States. Today, a WCAP microphone, representative of that significant event, is on display in the President Woodrow Wilson House library to commemorate the occasion.

The museum staff salutes and thanks all of our brave service members this Veterans Day.

Listen to President Wilson’s 1923 speech here:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?418067-1/woodrow-wilson-1923-radio-address

#1923

"L'Esperance," the portrait that hangs in the President Woodrow Wilson House Drawing Room, was painted by Armenian artis...
10/12/2023

"L'Esperance," the portrait that hangs in the President Woodrow Wilson House Drawing Room, was painted by Armenian artist, Hovsep Pushman, in 1916. It depicts the artist’s niece in traditional Armenian dress holding a white flower, which symbolizes everlasting hope for the Armenian people. The portrait was given to President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 in recognition of the philanthropic help the United States gave to Armenia during their tragic genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1916. The President Woodrow Wilson House of Washington, D.C. is proud of its connection to Armenia and remains an ally today.


October's Vintage Game Night is almost here. We want to see you on the croquet field (a.k.a. the Woodrow Wilson House ga...
10/03/2023

October's Vintage Game Night is almost here. We want to see you on the croquet field (a.k.a. the Woodrow Wilson House garden) tomorrow night, October 4! This is your reminder to meet at 2340 S Street NW, Washington DC 20008 for a fun night of vintage games, garden competition, and a stroll through a 1920's time capsule. There are still two tickets left for the Prohibition Tour at 4:30pm. Snag them before they are gone!

Buy tickets here:
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What is Putin planning? Join the discussion with Dr. Mary Habeck at the Woodrow Wilson House on S Street tomorrow night,...
09/26/2023

What is Putin planning? Join the discussion with Dr. Mary Habeck at the Woodrow Wilson House on S Street tomorrow night, 9/27, starting at 6 PM. All proceeds go towards supporting the Woodrow Wilson House Speaker Series.

Register at www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org.

Read up about historic Otis elevators (including the one at Wilson House) in Washington, DC in this article from our fri...
09/26/2023

Read up about historic Otis elevators (including the one at Wilson House) in Washington, DC in this article from our friends at District Fray Magazine!

Mark the 170th anniversary of the first Otis elevator with some notable elevators around D.C. September 20 marks the 170th anniversary of when Elisha Otis sold the first elevators with his patented safety brake (an innovation for which we’re all grateful). Although much of the early elevator’s h...

Join us and Prof. Lee Huebner at the Woodrow Wilson House on 9/21 @ 6pm for a discussion about “fake news” and the early...
09/14/2023

Join us and Prof. Lee Huebner at the Woodrow Wilson House on 9/21 @ 6pm for a discussion about “fake news” and the early analysis of propaganda in the Wilson presidency! Register at www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org.

08/31/2023

What were the strategies for staying cool in the past? To unravel these mysteries, we turned to our National Trust Historic Sites, delving into the past to uncover the ingenious methods they employed to combat the heat.

Back to basics - what we do.  Exploring history has never been this immersive! Join us online for a journey through time...
08/24/2023

Back to basics - what we do. Exploring history has never been this immersive! Join us online for a journey through time with our virtual museum tours, recorded speaker series and comprehensive projects and lesson plans. We are all about the human interaction at the museum, but sometimes you just can’t get to us. So, step into the past with 3-D art exhibits, fascinating and powerful exhibits on suffrage and guided house tours. There's something captivating for everyone. Be a part of history without leaving home. Check out our website, ⬆️ link in bio. #3-d

08/24/2023
Back to basics- what we do: TOURS! Step into history with our 5 unique self-guided walking tours, each a journey through...
08/22/2023

Back to basics- what we do: TOURS! Step into history with our 5 unique self-guided walking tours, each a journey through time. Put on your sneakers and explore the streets where history was made.

And of course you can Book a Guided Tour! Dive deep into history with our General Tour and eight Specialty Tours that cater to a wide range of interests, from architecture enthusiasts to political buffs. These immersive experiences continue to captivate and educate.
Check out our website, link in bio ⬆️ Buy your walking tour and book your guided tour.
Ok, full disclosure - you won’t see Wilson on the front step of the museum. Photo, LoC, Wilson on November 11, 1923 greeting crowds.

Back to basics.  Who we are, what we do.  Our Impact.  Each year the Wilson House applies for (and is awarded) grants to...
08/19/2023

Back to basics. Who we are, what we do. Our Impact. Each year the Wilson House applies for (and is awarded) grants to support our mission. Our projects impact hundreds of students, teachers, researchers, and museum-goers of all ages.

Over the past decade, the Wilson House’s efforts have impacted more than 100,000 visitors to our website, and 10,000 visitors a year to our historic site, earning us a 4.8/5 rating from visitors. Each year, 10+ Wilson House Scholars work on meaningful projects shared with the wider community through Scholars in Action. We serve hundreds of DC-based teachers, as well as teachers following the National Standards for Civics & Government with our online lesson plans. This year over 75 Girl Scouts learned about civics, suffrage, and democracy. Urban explorers from all over the world visit our exhibitions and over 12,000 sets of eyes view our website each month! Check out our Link in bio to learn more about

Back to Basics: ⁠Who we are, what we do-⁠⁠Acknowledgment of Native Ancestral Lands⁠Acknowledging our past and telling a ...
08/18/2023

Back to Basics: ⁠
Who we are, what we do-⁠

Acknowledgment of Native Ancestral Lands⁠
Acknowledging our past and telling a fuller American story are critical to our mission. Despite being a historic site for over 100 years, there is an even greater and longer history of Native Americans who lived on the land that today sits the President Wilson House.⁠

We acknowledge the ancestral lands of the Nacotchtank (Anacostan) peoples. The people of Nacotchtank (from which the name Anacostia is derived), or Anacostans, were an Algonquian-speaking people. Nacotchtank was a large American Indian village located in the Washington area and is believed to have been a major trading center. Learn more about Native Peoples of Washington, DC here: National Park Service, Native Peoples of Washington, DC.⁠

We encourage you to use this native lands map so you can learn what lands you occupy—visit: native-land.ca⁠



Back to Basics this week: ⁠Who we are, what we do- Statement on Racial and Social Justice ⁠⁠Historical places of all typ...
08/17/2023

Back to Basics this week: ⁠
Who we are, what we do-

Statement on Racial and Social Justice ⁠

Historical places of all types and periods should be sites of truth-telling and inclusivity. At the Wilson House, we employ the dual lenses of the 28th president’s administration and the early 20th century to explore America’s past and present from multiple intersecting perspectives.⁠

Our public programs, such as the 15th Point Project, explore the African American response to the Wilson administration’s segregation of the federal workforce.⁠

An ongoing Speaker Series invites thinkers from diverse backgrounds to discuss topics ranging from the Color Line in Wilson’s America to Korean immigration at the turn of the century.⁠

Our in-person exhibitions, including the Victory Garden and Suffrage Outside, spotlight the stories of the Black, immigrant, and Native American women who shaped the American story, while an exhibition of Helen Zughaib’s work, Migrations, highlighted the contemporary consequences of the post-WWl peace through the lens of the current Syrian conflict and the mass migration it has triggered.⁠

Through our programs, exhibitions, and tours – in everything we do – we aspire to explore history as a way to understand the progress we have made and the vast and challenging work that must still be done to combat racial and social injustice.⁠

We welcome your suggestions on how we can continue to grow in our pursuit of social and racial justice, as well as guidance on how we can help create a more perfect union. Please contact us at [email protected].⁠



Back to basics this week:⁠⁠Who we are, what we do-⁠⁠Our Vision:⁠We use the backdrop of a historic house museum in the he...
08/16/2023

Back to basics this week:⁠

Who we are, what we do-⁠

Our Vision:⁠
We use the backdrop of a historic house museum in the heart of Washington, D.C. to serve as a community resource, a hub for conversation that explores current social, racial, political, and economic issues through the lens of history. We use this platform to examine our civil liberties and ideals that unite us as Americans. We are a trusted place to learn from the past. We are a catalyst of change by confronting our history.⁠



Back to basics this week:Who we are, what we do- Our motto:Historic perspectives – Modern initiativesOur Mission:We are ...
08/15/2023

Back to basics this week:

Who we are, what we do-

Our motto:
Historic perspectives – Modern initiatives

Our Mission:
We are a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We preserve and steward the house, collections, landscapes, and its full and dynamic history, and use them to provide forward-thinking and inclusive discussions, programs and community activities that are relevant today.



We love our Scholars and our Scholars Coordinator! We also like thank you notes …   you
08/14/2023

We love our Scholars and our Scholars Coordinator! We also like thank you notes … you

Keeping cool 😎 part 5:Finally, one of the simplest ways for Woodrow Wilson and his family to stay cool during the summer...
08/12/2023

Keeping cool 😎 part 5:
Finally, one of the simplest ways for Woodrow Wilson and his family to stay cool during the summer was to escape the intolerable Washington D.C. heat and head north. They would travel up the coast to the New Jersey shore to stay in their summer home the “Shadow Lawn Estate.” Here is an example of a railroad ticket to the Shore during those hot summer months.

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2340 S Street, NW
Washington D.C., DC
20008

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 3pm

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