Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Phillips Collection

The first modern-art museum in the country (opened in 1921) houses a small but exquisite collection of European and American works. Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party is a highlight, along with pieces by Gauguin…
Top Choice Architecture in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Embassy Row

Want to take a trip around the world? Stroll northwest along Massachusetts Ave from Dupont Circle (the actual traffic circle) and you pass more than 40 embassies housed in mansions that range from elegant to imposin…
Architecture in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Scottish Rite Temple

The regional headquarters of the Scottish Rite Freemasons, also known as the House of the Temple, is one of the most eye-catching buildings in the District. That’s because it looks like a magic temple lifted out of …
Church in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle

The sturdy redbrick exterior doesn’t hint at the marvelous mosaics and gilding within this 1893 Catholic cathedral, where JFK was laid in state and his funeral mass was held. Its vast central dome, altars and chapel…
Museum in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Woodrow Wilson House

This Georgian-revival mansion offers guided hour-long tours focusing on the 28th president’s life and legacy. Genteel docents discuss highlights of Wilson’s career (WWI, the League of Nations) and home, which has be…
Museum in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

National Geographic Museum

The museum at National Geographic Society headquarters can’t compete with the Smithsonian’s more extensive offerings, but it can be worth a stop, depending on what’s showing. Exhibits are drawn from the society’s we…
Gallery in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Dupont Underground

An enormous, abandoned streetcar station lies beneath Dupont Circle, and a local arts group has transformed it into a cool underground gallery of art, architecture and design. Exhibitions – maybe a sound installatio…
Gallery in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Studio Gallery

Studio Gallery shows contemporary works by more than 35 emerging DC-area artists. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media and video are represented. The relatively small space spans the main floor and basement, with exhib…
Notable Building in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Mansion on O Street

This 100-room 1892 mansion is part inn, part gallery, part cluttered antique shop and part private event space. The decor is like a wedding at Castle Dracula: swags of velvet drapery, ornate chandeliers, candelabras…
Museum in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Society of the Cincinnati

The Society of the Cincinnati is a private patriotic group that educates the public about the Revolutionary War. Who knew? What’s key here is the chance to go inside the Renaissance Revival mansion (aka Anderson Hou…