Visiting the Octagon Museum


Thursday—Saturday, 1-4pm



Current Exhibit

50 Years After Whitney Young Jr. April 26-November 24
Few individuals have had as long and lasting an impact on The American Institute of Architects as Whitney M. Young Jr., the civil rights leader and esteemed executive director of the National Urban League during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.

From his momentous speech at the 1968 AIA National Convention to the subsequent award that bears his name, Young’s legacy has reshaped the world of architecture for half a century, offering architects a new perspective on the built environment.

50 Years After Whitney Young Jr. will be on display at the Octagon April 26-November 24. Preview the exhibit here.


Self-guided tours

No special appointments or tour times necessary. Explore the house at your own pace: discover the lives of various people who lived in the house in the 1810s, and make yourself comfortable (yes—you can use the furniture!).

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.

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.

Metro: 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.

Parking: 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.