Muster the Militias

Open House Weekend
July 25-27, 2014

The British are Coming!

Sound the drums and muster the militias!  Prepare yourself for the British invasion and enjoy free admission and special public programs commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.  The following regional museums are participating.  Contact the museum for information on individual opening hours and programs.


Dumbarton House Museum: Free admission on Saturday and Sunday, including the special exhibit “Homefront 1812: Friends, Family and Foe.”  Georgetown War of 1812 Walking Tour ($15) and Children’s Tea and Talk with American Girl Author Valerie Tripp ($40) on Sunday.

Historical Congressional Cemetery: Free War of 1812 tours on Saturday every hour between 11 am and 3 pm.   Tours leave on the hour beginning at 11 am, with the last tour leaving at 2 pm.

National Museum of American History: On Friday join in folding a full-size 30 x 42-foot replica of the Star-Spangled Banner in Flag Hall.  Get a sense of the true size of the flag that Francis Scott Key saw wave over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, when he wrote our national anthem.

Octagon Museum: Special Open House Hours from noon-4 on Saturday and Sunday.

White House Historical Association Guided tours of Decatur House from 10am-3pm on Sunday. Explore the home of the War of 1812 naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. and view a special War of 1812 exhibit.


Darnall’s Chance House Museum: Free admission on Sunday includes free tours of the house and  the “John Hodges and War of 1812″ exhibit.

Maryland Milestones/ATHA: “Bursting in Air” Art Event on Saturday the 26th, a festive, one-of-a-kind event where artists will transform the Hyattsville Route 1 Overpass into a captivating landmark through public art and festivities. 

Riversdale House Museum: Riversdale will be open for FREE guided tours and special family activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27.


Carlyle House Historic Park:  Free admission on Saturday the 26th from 1-4 p.m.  William Herbert, who lived here during the War, was a member of Alexandria’s Committee of Vigilance, responsible for monitoring the approach of British troops.

Gadsby’s Tavern MuseumOn Saturday, learn about Triplett’s Tavern and take in some period dancing! Free admission from 10 – 5 p.m.,with period dancing from 1-5 p.m. On Sunday, families will be inspired as Junior Docents grades 4-7 give tours of the Museum from 1–4 p.m. Tour concludes with a special boat-building craft. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 5-12.

The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum: Free admission Saturday from 10-5 p.m., including the opportunity to see a traveling exhibit on the War of 1812 created by the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary MuseumFree admission Saturday from 10 – 5 p.m., with guided tours highlighting the impact of the War of 1812 on this family-run business.

Alexandria War of 1812 Walking Tours, courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 1865.  A new tour begins every 30 minutes from 1-5 p.m. at the corner of King and Fairfax Streets on Market Square.  This 10-block tour takes guests past War of 1812-related sites while telling the tale of the British occupation of Alexandria in August of 1814. 

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