About The Whittemore House Museum & Gallery 

The WNDC Museum is housed in a landmark 19th-century residence, originally built for Sarah Adams Whittemore, an opera singer and member of the distinguished Adams family of Massachusetts.

The building, designed by Harvey Page, is informally called The Whittemore House.

Significant interior features include the Arts and Crafts foyer and stairwell and an elaborate plaster ceiling in the former music room, now the Hamlin Room.

In addition to its architecture, The Whittemore House contains a rich permanent collection of fine art and furniture. The WNDC Ballroom and upstairs art galleries feature rotating exhibitions from Washington-area artists.

Tours & Reservations

Individual Tours: Tours: Self-guided tours of The Whittemore House are available during business hours Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except when other events have been scheduled or by appointment. For inquiries, please call 202-232-7363.

Docent-led tours for 10 or more guests are available by appointment. Please call 202-232-7363 for reservations.

For All Tours:

  • Backpacks, other totes, and extra-large purses are not permitted but may be stored in the coatroom.
  • No children under 10 years of age are admitted.
  • No flash photography of paintings is permitted.
  • The Whittemore House is closed for public events, including tours, during August.