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Dupont Circle Attractions

Art and architecture lovers should follow their bliss beyond the National Mall to this culturally historic neighborhood.



Check out Revolutionary-era books, manuscripts, maps, graphic arts and archives.

There's no need to wait for July 4 to celebrate America's independence. Steps away from several foreign embassies, the Society was founded in 1783 to promote the knowledge and appreciation of the Revolution's success. And they've got the goods to show for it: an extensive rare book collection, including historical manuscripts, maps, graphic arts and archives, as well as Revolutionary War artifacts and artwork, can be found here. Anderson also hosts lectures, book signings, luncheons and events for kids.

The center of Dupont Circle is marked by a fountain designed by Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, the co-creators of the Lincoln Memorial. The fountain features sculptures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind.


Near the park's fountain, see a statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont, after which the circle was named.

The perfect place to people watch in this eclectic neighborhood, this traffic circle park was initially landscaped with flowers and trees but in 1921 was replaced with the white marble fountain you'll see today, designed by the creators of the Lincoln Memorial. Three classical nudes on the fountain's shaft symbolize the sea, stars and wind – the life of a sailor. Near the fountain, a statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont, a rear admiral during the Civil War, was erected in 1884.

Founded by Duncan Phillips in 1921, The Phillips Collection in the Dupont Circle neighborhood is America's first museum of modern art.


View Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, O'Keeffe and Calder works in this private museum.

You come to the Phillips for special exhibitions, which offer new perspectives on the work of modern artists. But the permanent collection is nothing to scoff at: Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, O'Keeffe and Calder are among the museum's showcased artists. From October through May, the museum hosts Sunday concerts at 4 p.m., which could include world renowned pianists and violinists.


Tour President Woodrow Wilson's final, Georgian revival home on Embassy Row.

The final home of the 28th U.S. president, this stately, Georgian revival home in the Embassy Row corridor looks the same today as it did when Woodrow Wilson lived here in the 1920s. Take a tour for a crash course on Wilson's life and legacy through a series of rare White House memorabilia and '20s pop culture, including silent films and flapper dresses. Before you go, listen to the Embassy Row audio tour podcast via the Web site to bone up on the area's significance.


Be sure to bring your own shopping bag to The Mansion on O Street & O Street Museum because everything is on sale!

Nestled in a quiet, tree-lined street, The Mansion and O Street Museum is a haven for anyone who loves adventure and entertainment. Filled with antiques, art, music memorabilia and one-of-a-kind items from around the world — O Street offers an immersive, tactile experience where you will hear rare studio cuts, leaf through manuscripts, touch sculpture and tour through a multitude of architectural styles from Victorian to Avante Garde. The only museum of its kind, The O is dedicated to exploring the creative process with daily rotating collections making each visit unique. Online reservations are required to visit.