Upcoming Programs

February 25, 2017, 1-4pm: A Treaty of Peace and Amity! Join the residents of Washington, DC and the Octagon as they celebrate the end of the War of 1812. Meet First Lady Dolley Madison, enjoy warm refreshments, and add your signature to the Treaty of Ghent with a quill pen! FREE event!


Current Exhibition

Up From the Past: The Octagon House and the Story of U.S. Historic Preservation
On view through February 2017

From steel beams and demolished outbuildings, to historical paint analysis and new ways to preserve and interpret slave spaces, what we preserve, and why, and how, has changed dramatically over the last 50 years.

The development of the historic preservation movement in the United States, and its impacts on preservation at the Octagon Museum, is featured in this exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016.

WHAT: The Architects Foundation will be hosting a new temporary exhibition at the Octagon Museum. The exhibition traces the development of the historic preservation movement in the United States, and how national trends have been reflected in past, present, and future preservation activities at the Octagon Museum.

The exhibit showcases the numerous restoration and preservation projects the Octagon has undergone in the last 100 years and includes objects that represent numerous periods in the building’s preservation.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

More information about commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act can be found at the Preservation50 website.

WHERE: The Octagon Museum, 1799 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006

WHEN: The exhibition will run through February 2017 and will be open Thursdays through Saturdays, 1-4pm.

WHO: Admission to the museum and exhibit is free and open the public.  For more information about the Octagon Museum and Up From the Past, contact:

Teresa Martinez
Manager, Octagon Museum


Upcoming Exhibitions

The American Institute of Architects International Region Design Awards Pop-Up Exhibition
March 3-11

Join us at the historic Octagon Museum to view an exhibition of the distinguished award recipient projects of the American Institute of Architects International Region.  The exhibition will feature not only the most recent 2016 recipient projects but will include international Award winning designs from 2014 and 2015 as well.  In addition there will be an introduction to share the roles and objectives of the AIA IR to serve as a leadership platform to share best practice and design excellence globally.

In this third year for the AIA International Region Design Awards, the jurors selected submissions from four design categories – Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design and Open International. As in all AIA Awards programs, full AIA licensed architects were welcome to submit to all categories. In addition, we continued to welcome all International Associate AIA members to submit to both the Urban Design and the Open International Categories. The latter category was specifically included to allow all AIA IR members to be recognized for architectural design solutions that are respectful of their local culture, unique programs and international context.

Three levels of awards were conferred with the highest recognition being Honor, the second being Merit and the third, Special Commendation, to recognize specific aspects of projects that the jurors deemed noteworthy.

The awards recognize design excellence and the ability of outstanding architecture to serve as an inspiration to our members throughout the International Region and the world.


The CODAworks CODAawards Exhibition
March 23rd-October, 2017


Discover today’s best commissioned art. Featuring the winners of the 2016 CODAawards and the CODAvideo programs, the CODAawards Exhibition presents an international array of the world’s best site-specific design + art.

Come explore the concepts behind the work, their processes, and the collaborations that made these projects a reality.