Founded in 1894, the Historical Society is the only citywide nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, present and interpret the history of Washington, D.C. and its people. In 2003, the Historical Society opened its most ambitious project to date, the City Museum. The museum is housed in the Carnegie Library building, located in the center of Mount Vernon Square in Washington.
The museum contained three permanent galleries, a temporary gallery, and a theatrical multimedia show. The goal was to create a 21st century museum that combined new technology and interactivity making it fun and easy to learn about Washington’s history.
The building is open to the public from Monday through Sunday 10am to 5pm. Visitors are welcome to tour current exhibits and use the society’s library.
Enjoy your visit! Jonathan
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