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Secrets & Scandals in the DAR Museum

Washington, United States

Experience hosted by Katie & Hayley

60 mins
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Discover shocking secrets among the DAR Museum collection. Counterfeiting! Piracy! Immorality! What else will be revealed? Find out the true stories behind these museum objects that their creators or owners would not want you to know.

Everybody has a few skeletons in their closet; we’re about to open the door...

Your journey takes you through several of the museum's period rooms (each depicting a different time and place in American history) where you see objects that we've brought out specially for you (they're normally in storage). Each object has a secret past... something that normally doesn't appear on a conventional museum label! Did the maker commit a crime? Was the owner hiding something? Find out all the dirty little secrets in the museum's collection.
Other things to note
We will be walking on hard floors for about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes.
Discover shocking secrets among the DAR Museum collection. Counterfeiting! Piracy! Immorality! What else will be revealed? Find out the true stories behind these museum objects that their creators or owners would not want you to know.

Everybody has a few skeletons in their closet; we’re about to open the door...

Your journey takes you through several of the museum's period rooms (each depicting a different time and place in…

Katie & Hayley's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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Meet your host, Katie & Hayley

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Katie: I've spent most of my career dressed in funny clothes. After 20 years in living history museums, I know how to guide you through history in an entertaining and memorable way. On weekends I shear sheep and weave on a loom that's bigger than my car.

Hayley: I keep myself busy working as a gallery educator at three museums in the DC-area. I believe all objects and artworks offer unique historical insights and I love sharing their stories with museum visitors. Let’s correct the idea that the past is drab and dusty by bringing history to life in ways that are approachable and relevant.
Katie: I've spent most of my career dressed in funny clothes. After 20 years in living history museums, I know how to guide you through history in an entertaining and memorable way. On weekends I shear sheep and weave on a loom that's bigger than my car.

Hayley: I keep myself busy working as a gallery educator at three museums in the DC-area. I believe all objects and artworks offer unique historical insights and I love sharing their stories with museum visitors. Let’s correct the id…
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About the organisation: DAR Museum



The DAR Museum supports the mission of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), whose three main goals are education, historic preservation, and patriotism. The Museum collects, exhibits, and educates the public about American decorative arts (furnishings, paintings, textiles, think anything you have in your house). This allows us to tell the story of the American home.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to DAR Museum.

Where you'll be

We will be touring Memorial Continental Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1910 and hosted the 1921 Conference on the Limitation of Armament following World War I. More recently, the building has been used as a set for many movies and TV shows because it looks like the White House! Guests love the sweeping Beaux Arts architecture and knowing they're walking in the footsteps of famous actors.

Rated 4.33 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Victoria
May 2019
This was the best of the 3 tours of DC. My in-laws and hubby and I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the tour. On our way out we learned about the library section on genealogy. I wish we would have spent more time here. I highly recommend this tour!
This was the best of the 3 tours of DC. My in-laws and hubby and I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the tour. On our way out we learned about the library section on genealogy. I wi…
Debbie
April 2019
Patient with us being late. Nice interaction. Answered questions even if they deviated from the tour questions. Wonderful to work with.
Gretchen
April 2019
Very unique tour!!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Reading glasses (if you need them)

Comfortable walking shoes