Corcoran Gallery of Art
DC's oldest art museum has always been terrific, but it had a tough time standing up to the free, federal competition around the block....
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...
The Eisenhower Building is done up with all the baroque flair of the late 19th-century, also known as the Gilded Age. The sloped...
‘Food is ammunition – don’t waste it!’ commands a WWII-era poster on the wall of BreadLine, a polished bakery and sandwich shop. Come...
1799 New York Ave NW · interesting places nearby
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. The inside is open for self-guided tours over creaky floors and into rooms with period furnishings.
President James Madison lived here after the British burned the White House during the War of 1812. The box that held the Treaty of Ghent (that ended the war) is on the 2nd floor. The American Institute of Architects operates the museum.