Corcoran Gallery of Art
DC's oldest art museum, the Corcoran Gallery, has had a tough time standing up to the free, federal competition around the block, but...
The Eisenhower Building is done up with all the baroque flair of the late 19th-century, also known as the Gilded Age. The sloped...
Department of the Interior Museum
Responsible for managing the nation’s natural resources, the Department of the Interior operates this small, but excellent, museum to...
‘Food is ammunition – don’t waste it!’ commands a WWII-era poster on the wall of this polished bakery and sandwich shop. Come here for a...
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Octagon Museum information
The apex of the Federal style of architecture pioneered in the USA also happens to be the oldest museum in America dedicated to architecture and design. Designed by William Thornton (the Capitol’s first architect) in 1800, the building is a symmetrically winged structure designed to fit an odd triangular lot. Behind it, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) large modern offices wrap around like a protective older brother. AIA operates Octagon House. It’s open Thursday and Friday afternoons for self-guided audio tours; download the four different routes from the website. Inside you’ll get a feel for the stunning design, as well as see some original furnishings.