Visiting the Octagon Museum


Thursday—Saturday, 1-4pm


Suggested donation: $10

Current exhibit

CODAworx Awards
May 2-September 1, 2019

The world of design + art is changing around us, artists and architectural design professionals are working collaboratively to create projects to raise awareness about environmental and social issues, educate us about the importance of innovation and creativity, contribute to healing and hospitality environments, and develop community engagement and pride.

The exhibition, held at the historic Octagon, first home to The American Institute of Architects in the nation’s capital, showcases the 2018 CODAaward winning design projects featuring commissioned art in interior, architectural, and public spaces. This exhibit will feature collaborative design + art projects from around the globe. CODAaward and CODAvideo Award winners will be shown through video, photographs, and text panels describing the work, goals and processes for creating these projects.

A panel of leaders from the design, architecture, and art worlds selects CODAaward winners. Winners are selected based on these criteria:
• Successful integration of commissioned artwork into the project
• The strength of the collaborative process among commissioners, artists, architectural designers, and fabricators

Categories of projects will include: Commercial, Educational, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional, Landscape, Liturgical, Public Spaces, Residential, and Transportation Additionally, CODAvideo Award winning projects will be screened. These are the best videos that tell the stories of incredible design projects featuring commissioned art. Luminaries in the design and media world select winners.

Brought to The Octagon by CODAworx.

Upcoming exhibits

Without Regard

Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color
October-December 2019

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: 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.

AIA members can now 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.

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.