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Octagon Museum

1799 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-5207
+1 202-626-7439
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The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George Washington. In 1814, the house was offered to President Madison as temporary quarters after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed there, thus ending the war.
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1799 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-5207
+1 202-626-7439
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

If you ever wondered where the president lived after the White House burned in the1800s here is your answer. It is also where the Treaty of Ghent was signed. For those who are fans of federal style architecture this is an interesting house given that...More

Thank Anna911
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We were doing a walk in the area on a Saturday and were surprised that this was open. You can take a free self guided tour daily except Sunday. James and Dolly Madison lived here for 6 months after the White House was set on...More

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Visitors visiting the White House and Memorials on National Mall should add this small museum into the agenda. The Octagon Museum is about 10 minute walk from the White House ground (President's Park) and the west side of National Mall. The museum is and exhibit...More

Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Octagon houses were a unique house style briefly popular in the 1850s. They are characterized by an octagonal (eight-sided) plan and often feature a flat roof and a veranda all around. The most famous Octagon House of all was built between 1798 and 1800 in...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a delightful little jewel in the heart of the City. It was built in the early 1800's as a winter Residence for the Tayloe family. The house itself and is a wonderful example of the architecture of the period. We booked a tour...More

Thank Momalita
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Octagon House is famous for being the White House temporarily for James Madison when the original was burned, and that alone makes it worth visiting. It also houses the desk where the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 was signed. I like...More

Thank Brendan S
Reviewed 2 July 2016

I visited the Octagon House because of my interest in both architecture and history. As an example of early 18th Century architecture, it's a rare example of upper class urban living. During my visit they were in the midst of some restoration, which was interesting...More

Thank Rent-a-dad
Reviewed 26 June 2016

The Octagon Museum is one of the best examples I have seen of an historic home preserved for the sake of education. If you are deeply interested in architecture and the decorative arts, preservation of the built environment, nineteenth century America, and African American history,...More

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Reviewed 16 June 2016

While others are looking at the White House (a place most people have no chance of touring), you can walk a few blocks to a very historic home which is over 200 years old. The Octagon does not charge admission, and you can tour three...More

Thank sswagner
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The house is a self-guided tour and there isn't that much furniture in it, however you learn a lot about historic preservation and what they have found by peeling back layers of paint etc. As a presidential buff, I wanted to see this as Pres....More

Thank Erik M
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