Daughters of the American Revolution
Organization of American States
A forerunner to the UN, the OAS was founded in 1890 to promote cooperation among North and South American nations. Its main building at...
Art Museum of the Americas
The Organization of American States operates this mini art museum in a separate building on its property. It features changing exhibits...
The sculpture-studded green space surrounds the Organization of American States' building.
1776 D St NW · interesting places nearby
Daughters of the American Revolution information
The DAR’s neoclassical behemoth, also known as Constitution Hall, is supposedly the largest complex of buildings in the world owned exclusively by women. They own the entire city block! Enter from D St to reach the museum, where you'll find a sweet spread of silver teapots, quilts, portrait paintings, crystal decanters and folk art.
Ask for the self-guided tour information to see more antiques in the 31 colonial revival 'Period Rooms' spread throughout the building. And FYI, if the group’s name sounds familiar, it’s because in 1939 the DAR barred African American contralto Marian Anderson from singing at its hall. Anderson then performed her famous civil rights concert on the Lincoln Memorial’s steps. The DAR eventually changed its policies and mended fences with Anderson.