Woman's National Democratic Club

View of 1870's Room


The WNDC Museum is housed in a landmark nineteenth-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 the architecture, the Whittemore House contains a rich permanent collection of fine art and furniture. The WNDC Ballroom & Upstairs art galleries feature rotating exhibitions from DC-area artists.

Visual Arts and Museum Affairs News and Updates

Museum Docent Program

If you have been curious about the contents of our elegant and historic mansion, the Whittemore House, now is the time to consider joining our renewed docent program! Learn about the Club’s home and history and assist with welcoming and leading guests on tours of our beautiful Dupont Circle home.

Informal sessions will begin in March—to explain how being a trained docent can be a great way to meet people and enhance the experience of visitors to the WNDC. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the docent program! If you are interested, please email Director for VAMA, Nuzhat Sultan (nuzhatsultan@gmail.com)with the subject line “Docent.”

Join the VAMA Committee Today!

MEMBERS: Join our Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee to contribute to the success and future of the museum and our collection. The committee is an essential element of the preservation and care of the Whittemore House through fundraising, research, and programming. Email the Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Coordinator Claire Sandberg at vama@democraticwoman.org to join today.

VAMA Permanent Collection Research Project

Curious about what gems are hidden within our walls? Interested in helping us learn more about our collection? Conduct research from home by completing our Research Project Request Form.

Tours & Reservations

Individual 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 ten or more guests are available by appointment. Please call 202-232-7363 for reservations.

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