Visiting the Octagon Museum


Thursday—Saturday, 1-4pm


Suggested donation: $10

Upcoming events

Octagon Ghost Tour and Murder Mystery
October 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Ringing bells. Lavender perfume. Unspeakable tragedy. Built in 1799 to capture the spirit of a fledgling nation, The Octagon has also seen its share of spirits of a different kind.

Join us as we explore the ghost history of The Octagon, and begin another adventure.

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Current and upcoming exhibits

Without Regard

Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color
October 30, 2019-February 22, 2020

Andrew Feiler was granted unique access to Morris Brown’s silent campus. His searing photographs offer fresh insights into timely and important stories. They offer a new way to consider contemporary societal challenges and provide common ground for discussion of our collective future and education as the backbone of the American Dream.
With support from:



Self-guided tours

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

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. Guided tours are only available outside of regular open hours.

AIA members can earn continuing education credits for Octagon tours (1 LU). Contact us to set up a tour.


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. Request here. Please make sure to indicate estimated date and time of arrival.

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. The Octagon does not have any dedicated site parking due to our location in downtown Washington, DC.

Questions? Contact or 202-626-7439.