Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium
The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is an active member of the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium (DKMC), which was established in 1983 to promote these "off the Mall" museums and their neighborhoods: National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Meridian International Center, The Phillips Collection, The Society of the Cincinnati Museum at Anderson House, The Textile Museum and the Woodrow Wilson House. The Consortium sponsors an on-going series of activities and tours throughout the year including the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Walk Weekend (held on the first weekend in June), a self-guided tour featured in a color brochure and an annual Educator's Open House to inform teachers about the museum members.
DKMC Walking Tour
A Self-Guided Tour
A walk through the Dupont Circle-Kalorama neighborhoods offers visitors a distinctive combination of visual charm and historical surroundings which is complemented by a variety of art galleries, specialty shops, hotels and restaurants. First developed in the 1870s when the Federal City expanded after the Civil War, the Dupont Circle and adjacent Kalorama areas were resplendent by the 1920s with stately homes, embassies and broad avenues. Named from the Greek for "beautiful view," Kalorama eventually became home to four United States Presidents: Taft, Harding, Hoover and Wilson.Today, the neighborhood is home to the ten museums which constitute the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium. The buildings' architectural diversity- from the rich complexity of Victorian, to the understated elegance of Georgian Revival to the grandeur of Beaux Arts style and 20th-century modernism- hints at the variety of offerings to be found. The proud history of American Jewish war veterans; opulent Oriental carpets and textiles; paintings by modern masters; a documentary journey through African American women's history; a beloved president's memorabilia, relics of the American Revolution; the cultural heritage and arts of the Americas and an array of educational exhibits on the arts, crafts and customs of our international neighbors. All this and more awaits the visitors who venture off the Mall to sample some of the most distinct and beautiful sights that Washington, DC has to offer.
For specific information on each museum and links to individual sites, visit www.dkmuseums.com.