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The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum preserves and protects collections, artifacts and memorabilia that date back from the 18th and 19th centuries. Often called as the ?best kept secret in Washington,? the museum strives to become the haven on Washington?s history and culture for historians, students and the general public. Several of the donated objects from families and other agencies were known to be made or utilized before the Industrial Revolution came.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum consists of 31 period rooms and d2 galleries. According to the museum?s records, the number of the collections reached 30,000, consisting of decorative and fine arts objects, furniture, glass textiles, silver, and ceramics. Some of the popular objects which are now part of the National Treasures, include the C.A. Lockwood of Providence, a silver teapot which was made between 1795 and 1800, and a heirloom high chest owned by Cromwell Child and gave it as a present to his daughter, Elizabeth in 1776.

The mission of the museum is to educate the general public about Washington?s history and culture; and this can be achieved by offering several activities and events for families, children, and school groups for minimal or no cost. Families may avail of the family self-guided tours of the period rooms while public and private schools can take advantage of the group tours and programs through reservations. These school tours are split according to tour programs: Colonial Child for Grades K-8; the American Revolution for Grades 4-8; and the Colonial Traveling Trunk for Grades K-8. The museum also offers summer programs like the Boy Scout American Heritage Program and the Summer Camp Programs for children.

Located at the memorial Continental Hall, the design of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum was inspired from a Neoclassical Revival or Beaux-Arts style, designed by Edward Pierce Casey.
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