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

VAMA Internship

The Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee is looking for a Summer Intern. The internship is open to current and recent undergraduate and graduate students with a background in art and art history. To learn more about the internship, click here.  

First Ladies portrait Student competition

The Visual Arts and Museum Affairs committee of the Woman’s National Democratic Club is working with the Visual Arts Department of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Public High School to hold a student competition for a portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. The portrait will be added to the collection’s nine other amazing portraits of First Ladies and will be exhibited in the First Ladies’ Lounge in the Whittemore House. The project, which is part of VAMA’s public outreach, along with rotating artist exhibitions, needs $4000.00 for the prize and framing. The WNDC Educational Foundation would appreciate your donation so that we can support this worthy project! To donate, please click here.

Many thanks to our member, Zofia Rawner, for the suggestion.

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 Assistant 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except when other events have been scheduled. For inquiries, please call the office at 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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