Visit The Octagon

An update regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the continuing public health situation, as of March 18, the Octagon will be closed through April 18, 2020. The health and well-being of Octagon visitors and staff is a top priority. During this time all tours and open hours are canceled. We encourage you to engage with all of your local public history institutions online and via social media!

Hours and admission

Thursday—Saturday, 1-4 pm
Suggested donation $10

Contact us

Phone: 202-626-7439
Address: 1799 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC 20006


No special appointments or tour times necessary. Explore the house at your own pace, and make yourself comfortable (yes—you can use the furniture!). Photos are allowed.

Guided tours are only available outside of regular open hours. Private guided tours are available by appointment for groups of 5 or more. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, and are $10/adults and $5/students (discounts available for groups of 10+). We ask that you provide at least 24 hours notice when scheduling a tour.

AIA members can earn continuing education credits for Octagon tours (1 LU).

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Exhibit and event schedule

The UnBuilt Crosby Arboretum: March 12-August 2020
Blueprint for Better: September-December 2020

Learn more about our exhibits >


Restrooms are located on the basement level and are not handicapped accessible. The Octagon does not have an elevator. A ramp may be provided for wheelchair access to the main floor of The Octagon with 24 hours’ notice. Please make sure to indicate estimated date and time of arrival.

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Getting here

The Octagon is located at 1799 New York Avenue NW,  Washington, DC, at the corner of 18th Street and New York Avenue NW. The closest metro stations are Farragut West (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and Farragut North (Red line). The Octagon is a 10-15 minute walk south of both stations.

Metered street parking is available surrounding The Octagon. Parking garages are also available, although many are closed on the weekends.