Daughters of the American Revolution

Lonely Planet review

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’ll you find a sweet spread of silver teapots, quilts, portrait paintings, crystal decanters and folk art.

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.