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Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Non-Food Tours (on-line reservations required)

Hours: Tour appointments (based on availability) daily 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Close 5 p.m. (minimum time needed 45 minutes). Over 100 rooms (guaranteed to see at least 60). Over 70 secret doors (guaranteed to be able to find at least 32 -- if you find 2 you are above average).

Magical History Tour
Quite the Adventure
$15/person
Magical History Tour

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History buffs will LOVE this hunt! Steeped in history The Mansion was built 125 years ago. Nearly every President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited. Hoover's G-Men lived here. During the Vietnam War, Norman Mailer wrote about the house, and the mother of the civil rights movement, Mrs. Rosa Parks called us home.

On this self-guided tour, our volunteers will treat you to an in-depth history of our philosophy, museum, and building.  Although you will be able to explore the entire mansion and museum -- this talk will not include information on our secret doors.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop!

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Tickets at the door ADD $5/person

Secret Door Tour
Be a Super Sleuth
$25/person
Secret Door Tour

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Find your way through secret doors and covert passages to a world never experienced. You'll be walking in the footsteps of presidents and freedom fighters, historians and fiction writers. 

On this self-guided tour you will receive a short briefing to learn about how the secret doors were created and what to look for as you head out on your super sleuth adventure.

We will never ruin the surprise of finding a secret door by giving you a map - or showing you where they are. So be sure to keep your eyes open! If you find two secret doors you are an above average sleuth!

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Mrs Rosa Parks Tour
Virtual Storytelling
$30/person
Mrs Rosa Parks Tour

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"Each person must live their life as a model for others."~Mrs. Rosa Parks

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Celebrate the life of Mrs. Rosa Parks on this journey. A resident of The Mansion for over a decade Mrs. Parks was a mother figure and mentor to Founder, H.H. Leonards. Her presence at The Mansion has left an indelible mark on us. Visit her favorite rooms, view mementos, and hear inspiring stories of how she touched us all.

Tour includes a private screening of stories of Mrs. Parks when she was here.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Hidden Penthouse & Docent Tour
$75/person
Hidden Penthouse & Docent Tour

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Join our experienced docents on this private guided tour through at least 60 of our themed rooms. You'll learn about the history and highlights of the O Museum. While we would never spoil the fun of finding the secret doors on your own -- our docents will give you some hints on what to look for. This is the ONLY tour that includes the ultra-private Penthouse Suite. After your guided tour, search for secret doors on your own, as well as shop for items you can't live, without. 100% of your tour money goes to our Museum Programs, so thank you!

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Treasure Hunts (on-line reservations required)

Hours: Hunt appointments (based on availability) daily 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Close 5 p.m. (minimum time needed 45 minutes) Over 100 rooms (guaranteed to see at least 60). Over 70 secret doors (guaranteed to be able to find at least 32 -- if you find 2 you are above average).

Mother's Love Treasure Hunt
$25/person
Mother's Love Treasure Hunt

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Think with your heart and feel with your mind as you search through themed rooms and behind secret doors. We will never ruin the surprise of finding a secret door by giving you a map - so be sure to keep your eyes open! If you find two secret doors you are an above average sleuth!

There are easy clues and hard clues on this treasure hunt -- but everyone is sure to have fun.

Only available this month.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Mustache Madness Hunt
$35/person
Mustache Madness Hunt

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Get your mustache on (don't worry we'll give you one) and join in the fun on this zany hunt around The Mansion. You'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for designated items found only at The Mansion. Prizes additional. Explore our themed rooms and search for secret doors. Includes a mustache to wear.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Team Building Hunt
Facilitated Experience
$40/person +
Team Building Hunt

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whether your group works for a different department or on different projects we all have the same goal -- success. this facilitator led experience will encourage teamwork, inspire creative thinking, foster communication, build leadership skills, reinforce and teach new skills.

your team will think with their hearts, and feel with their minds as they search through themed rooms and behind secret doors looking for designated items. this facilitator led experience will help generate understanding and communication as your team embarks on a hunt around the mansion - then each team will come together to present their lessons learned and discuss the similarities and differences of their experience.

Prizes additional.

We have over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors (yes 70!). We guarantee you can see at least 60 of our legendary rooms -- but be warned secret doors are tricky to find -- if you find 2 or 3 you are an above average sleuth.

INCLUDES:
- Private room for one hour
- Hunt Facilitator
- Treasure hunt
- Explore our themed rooms
- Search for secret doors

Offered 10am - 3pm based on availability

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Rock & Roll Hunt
Cash Bar
$35/person
Rock & Roll Hunt

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Home to singers, songwriters, over 60 signed guitars, rare authentic rock memorabilia, photographs and more, The Mansion has music at it's core. From the Grateful Dead to The Beatles to The Stones and beyond you'll put your knowledge of music to the test as you search all four floors for Rock & Roll items found only at The Mansion. Explore our themed rooms and search for secret doors. Prizes additional. Cash bar.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Above and Beyond Hunt
See what's all around you
$30/person
Above and Beyond Hunt

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Think with your heart, feel with your mind and look outside yourself as you search for designated items found at eye level or above.

This hunt will not only challenge you to look beyond and really see what is all around you, but will help you see the bigger picture.

We have over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors (yes 70!) to explore. We guarantee you can see at least 60 of our legendary rooms — but be warned secret doors are tricky to find — if you find 2 or 3 you are an above average sleuth.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Heritage Beer Hunt
Support Our Vets!
$45/person
Heritage Beer Hunt

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Be patriotic all year long! Celebrate our country's heritage and support our vets when you purchase this fun American Heritage Treasure Hunt.

Enjoy a free Heritage beer -- local vet owned brewery -- while you search for patriotic themed items and explore our legendary themed rooms.

American history buffs will LOVE this hunt!

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Espionage Hunt
$30/person
Espionage Hunt

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As a former rooming house for J. Edgar Hoover's G-Men, The Mansion is steeped in history and intrigue. From spies to secret passageways you'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for designated items found only at The Mansion. Prizes additional. Explore our themed rooms and search for secret doors.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Dad's Rule Hunt
Today - June 17
$25/person
Dad's Rule Hunt

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Explore with Dad on this fun filled treasure hunt at The Mansion!

Available today through - Father's Day.

Explore our themed rooms and search for secret doors.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Food & Beverage Tours (on-line reservations required)

Immerse yourself in the legacies of artists, musicians, thinkers and heroes, all united in their common capacity and unquenchable desire. . . . to dream. (minimum time needed 2 hours) Over 100 rooms (guaranteed to see at least 60). Over 70 secret doors (guaranteed to be able to find at least 32 -- if you find 2 you are above average).
Breakfast Tour
Daily, 9am - noon
$35/per, minimum 10
Breakfast Tour

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Groups of 10 or more will enjoy our delicious continental breakfast and engage in a short discussion to learn the history and philosophy of The Mansion. Afterwards tour through our themed rooms and behind secret doors to experience the creative process.

INCLUDES
- Private room (one hour)
- Continental breakfast

(sweet breads, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate)
- Short discussion

(on our history & philosophy)
- Explore our themed rooms
- Search for secret doors


Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Must be booked on-line at least one week in advance.

Celebrate
Champagne & Sweets
$59/person
Celebrate

The Coolest Place in DC! — Booking.com

Make memories and celebrate with a special day you will never forget!

Explore The Mansion's winding hallways and themed rooms searching for secret doors on this one-of-a-kind fun filled journey.

INCLUDES:
- Glass of champagne or sparkling cider
- Mansion baked cookies & brownies
- Treasure hunt
- Explore our themed rooms
- Search for secret doors

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

This tour is non-refundable. Entire balance is paid in full when you place your reservation.

Speakeasy Hunt
shhhh . . . add booze! Daily, 4pm - 7pm
$40/per +, minimum 20
Speakeasy Hunt

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Groups of 20 or more will nosh on exotic cheese & crackers - OR- fresh vegetables & dip while they engage in a short discussion to learn the history and philosophy of O Street Museum in The Mansion. Afterwards you'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search the main floor for designated items found only at O Museum in The Mansion. Prizes additional.

Includes

- Private room (one hour)
- Exotic cheese & crackers -OR- Fresh vegetables & dip
- Treasure hunt
- Explore our themed rooms
- Search for secret doors

 - Must be 21+ for this hunt
- Bar packages additional
- Add additional appetizers > see options
- Additional mandatory bartender fee will be applied

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 7pm
ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Champagne Tour
$35 / person
Champagne Tour

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Magic exists, not just in the mind.

Have a blast when you join us for a glass of champagne or sparkling cider and tour through our themed rooms and secret doors to experience the creative process.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

This is a self-guided tour
MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

High Tea Tour
5 courses, 3.5 hour
$85/per, 15 minimum
High Tea Tour

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Package Includes

  • Ultimate privacy
  • Space to fit rental
  • Self-guided tour (first 45 minutes of event)
  • Choice of butler or private service
  • Dedicated event planner
  • House tablecloths
  • Gift table
  • Housekeeping fees

High Tea Menu

First Course
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice & bottled water
  • Personalized tea selection
  • Scones with sweet cream & jam
Second Course
  • Cheese tray
Third Course
  • Fresh seasonal fruit
Fourth Course
(select 4, 3 pieces/person)
  • Asparagus roll ups, fresh steamed asparagus, garlic, cilantro and onion
  • Bella bella, roasted portabella mushroom, balsamic vinegar & mozzarella
  • Caprese bites, grape tomato with fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and mozzarella
  • Cucumber mint, fresh cucumber rounds with mint, butter and cream cheese
  • Seared beef, beef tenderloin with mustard and horseradish sauce
  • Skipping salmoon, smoked salmon on top of fresh cucumber, under cream cheese
Fifth Course
  • Award-winning miniature pastries (our pasty chef is rated top 10 in the country)
  • Gluten, sugar & nut free desserts, available by request (add $3.50/person - must order for entire party)

Beverages

  • Tea Forte loose leaf (see selections) (guests select 3 each)
  • Unlimited champagne
Prices do not include taxes, 20% set-up fee, gratuity or enhancements

Must be booked on-line at least one week in advance.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Dessert Tea Tour
2.5 hour
$35/per, minimum 15
Dessert Tea Tour

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Package Includes

  • Ultimate privacy
  • Space to fit rental
  • Self-guided tour (first 45 minutes of event)
  • Dedicated event planner
  • House tablecloths
  • Gift table
  • Housekeeping fees

Tea Menu

(pre-select two)(add third options add $4.50/person)(add fourth option add $4.00/person)
  • Assorted cheese & crackers
  • Crudite basket our garden's freshest vegetables with a homemade garden herb dipping sauce
  • Fresh seasonal fruit
  • Mansion baked silver dollar cookies
  • S'mores
  • Sampling of english scones

Beverages

  • hot tea with an assortment of cream, lemon, honey, sugar & sugar substitutes
Prices do not include taxes, 20% set-up fee, gratuity or enhancements
Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Must be booked on-line at least one week in advance.

Kids Dessert Tea Tour
2.5 hour
$25 - $35/per, min. 15
Kids Dessert Tea Tour

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Package Includes

(under 12 - $25/person, 12 & older - $35/person)

  • Ultimate privacy
  • Space to fit rental
  • Self-guided tour
  • House tablecloths
  • Gift table
  • Housekeeping fees

Tea Menu

(pre-select two)
(add third option add $4.50/person) (add fourth option add $4.00/person)

  • Basket of sweet breads
  • Fresh seasonal fruit
  • Mansion baked silver dollar cookies
  • S'mores
  • Sampling of english scones

Beverages

  • hot tea & hot cocoa
Prices do not include taxes, 20% set-up fee, gratuity or enhancements

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

Must be booked on-line at least one week in advance.

O'Kids Playdates
$52 / person
O'Kids Playdates

The Coolest Place in DC! — Booking.com

Way more fun than an amusement park - explore The Mansion's winding hallways and themed rooms searching for secret doors on this one-of-a-kind fun filled journey. Enjoy delicious home baked cookies and a glass of milk. Then embark on a treasure hunt searching for designated items to find.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Events Author & Performer Archives

Proceeds from tours, events & exhibits go to support our heroes & artist-in-residence program.
Sit back relax, suspend your disbelief & enjoy the magic and fantasy of our events. Dream a bit yourself.

Renee Dion
R&B, hip hop, jazz
July 5
Renee Dion

Renee Dion hails from Columbus, Ohio and released her first album, Rhapsody Inn, in 2011. The Ohio native honed her skills in Chicago, where she attended Columbia College, Los Angeles and Atlanta, working with industry up and comers. Through this experience, she developed a unique sound, combining R&B, hip hop, jazz and soul in a way that is unlike any other.

Renee has opened for N'Dambi, Eric Roberson and Jesse Boykins III, and has sung with Gordon Chambers.

According to Renee, "My mission is to create the soundtrack to navigate through life’s many ups and downs, see people set free from fear, bondage of the mind and begin to see yourself as God sees you. Victorious!"

Renee will embark on her first national tour in the summer of 2018.

LISTEN NOW >

Andréa Seiger
Meet The Author
July 29
Andréa Seiger

Andréa Seiger is the author of “111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss,” an off-the track guidebook for adventuresome visitors, and locals who wish to find new ways to enjoy their own city. She has been in the tourism and meetings industry for 31 years, and has had many uniquely DC opportunities.

She is a road tripping junkie, and is happy to go anywhere on any day, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic. She loves flea markets, auctions, outdoorsy adventures and craft shows anywhere; exploring every place she goes and shopping the local color.

As for DC, she is a total contrarian to the concept that “one never plays tourist in one’s own city.” She is spoiled by the fact that Smithsonian Museums are free and full of wonder.  She knows most of DC by landmarks and loves to explore the nooks and crannies of her home town. She keeps a list of places she still needs to go and things she needs to do in the city, as there are always spots and events to explore that one might not yet know.

In her spare time, she maintains her own small business, Urban Safari, which deals in creating special off-the-beaten-path visits to unique and intriguing locations in the US and abroad.

Walt Wilkins
Southern Rock
August 12
Walt Wilkins

San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius. His plaintive guitar and hard-edged vocals have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene.

His masterful crafting of story-songs are sought after and have been recorded by a multitude of artists including Kenny Rogers, Kellie Pickler, Eric Church, Bonnie Bishop, and Brandon Rhyder.

The Kennedys
Award Winning Folk-Pop Duo
August 13
The Kennedys

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES


Award winning husband-and-wife folk-pop team, have been tearing up the music scene since their 1995 debut album, the Celtic-tinged River of Fallen Stars (Green Linnet) which won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors indie award for best contemporary adult album. Their follow-up album, 1996's Life Is Large, included cameos from Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, Kelly Willis, Nils Lofgren and Susan Cowsill to name a few -- and garnered the couple many awards, including more than 30 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards).

Individually accomplished Pete has played with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Nanci Griffith while Maura performed with the Delta Rays and won the New York Country Music Association's Songwriter of the Year Award.

LISTEN >

Nell & Jim Band
Roots Music
September 19
Nell & Jim Band

As featured on the PBS Music Gone Public TV Series, Vancouver Folk Festival and FreshGrass

Nell & Jim Band bring all of your favorite elements of authentic music together, creating a genre-busting sound that combines Americana, folk and bluegrass music. The “beloved Bay Area bluegrass stars” (San Jose Mercury News) have been featured on Prairie Home Companion, at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the PBS series Music Gone Public, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival.

“Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally love the road, and they revel in the adventure of uncovering new corners of this old world that people call home.” — NO DEPRESSION

Nell Robinson has been described as one of the freshest voices in roots music. Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area-native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. Jim joins master American guitarists Doc Watson and Tony Rice as one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. Jim Kerwin is considered simply one of the best string bass players in the country. Playing with David Grisman for over 30 years, he is featured on all of Grisman’s Jerry Garcia recordings. Jon Arkin is a versatile, gifted percussionist who is known for his performances & recorded work in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed with jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, and Ira Sullivan. Renowned San Francisco musician and accordion player Rob Reich joined the band in 2017 and is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella. This is truly an all-star band!

Freebo & Alice Howe
Folk, Rock & Blues
November 12
Freebo & Alice Howe

ABOUT FREEBO

Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Freebo's compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with "Standing Ovation" to where you stand with your pets and your partner with "She Loves My Dog More Than Me." A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.

LISTEN > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IleUnlQMm7Y

ABOUT ALICE HOWE

A lifelong songwriter, Alice's musical sensibility lies in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.

During her three years in Seattle, Alice became a familiar face in the acoustic music scene, playing a variety of local gigs, from the Doe Bay Cafe on Orcas Island to the basement stage of Northwest favorite Dusty Strings Music Store. In the summer of 2016, Alice returned to her home town of Boston, and has been busy making herself known on the stages at Club Passim, the Burren Backroom, and the me & thee coffeehouse. Alice has opened for the likes of Antje Duvekot, Ellis Paul, Chris Trapper, Vance Gilbert, and Brooks Williams.

LISTEN > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOzEjYcHwOc

Lez Zeppelin
Rare Acoustic Performance
January 20
Lez Zeppelin

Hailed by SPIN Magazine as "the most powerful all-female band in rock history" in the hard rock "tribute" bands genre, Lez Zeppelin has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion and gender-bending audacity they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin.

They have been featured on The BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, MTV, VH-1, FOX and radio shows worldwide, including SIRIUS XM and NPR.

Jimmy Page attended their show in London and said of the group, "They played the Led Zeppelin music with an extraordinary sensuality and an energy and passion that highlighted their superb musicianship."

Character, Not Characters
CADE MARTIN: World's Top 200 Photographers
Daily 11am - 3pm
Character, Not Characters

A new photography exhibit from Cade Martin

Inspiration doesn't play by many rules. It rides in on the wind and shares your coffee break. Recently during a project, a client and I got to talking about tattoos. She mentioned a tattoo festival being held in the Washington DC area in the coming weeks. There it was, the spark of inspiration. I don't have any tattoos myself but the thought of all those people with their stories essentially written on their bodies was something I felt an immediate pull to photograph. I'm always seeking characters and these were characters I wanted to capture.

EXPERIENCE THE SHOOT >

These portraits are so alive with stories, the backgrounds amplifying the investment in expression. These people had amazingly detailed, as well as personal, tattoo work, it was such a clear commitment of time - and money - on their part. The whole experience turned out to be a blast - talking and working with people from all walks of life bonded by their ink. It's been amazing to spend a few minutes with these people and to make their portraits. I find the end product captivating, mysterious and revealing. But, I still don't have any tattoos.

ABOUT CADE MARTIN:
Named one of the 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the world -- Cade's meticulous attention to detail helps shape an environment that echoes the real world. Filled with strength and clarity, perfectly composed and lit with a simple elegance, his photographs touch the deepest emotions.

Cade Martin has shot for some of the most iconic brands in the world including Capital One, Discovery Channel, Target, Marriott International, and Starbucks to name a few.

Bluegrass Jam
Voted Best Bluegrass Jam in DC by City Paper
every 1st & 3rd Sunday
Bluegrass Jam

Featuring DC Bluegrass Union
(for musicians only)

11:00 am

Channel your inner rock star with other musicians in the business. You know who you are: lawyers, doctors, lobbyists by day - but around the clock, always a rock star in your heart.

Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with seasoned artists.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Blues Jam
Featuring "Guitar Man" Warner Williams
every 4th Sunday
Blues Jam

Featuring
"Guitar Man" Warner Williams

1:00pm - 4pm

Guitarist and songster Warner Williams is one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Piedmont blues—an Eastern seaboard style that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel.

The son of a cement finisher and a house cleaner, Williams was one of 11 children raised in a musical family. He was a garbage collector in Maryland for nearly 60 years.

By his early teens, Williams was hopping streetcars to get to the District, often paying his fare with a song. He’d wander through the city, playing tunes for change until police shooed him away.

At 22, he won an on-air talent show on WWDC hosted by Jackson Lowe, a white DJ who was an early champion of R&B. Williams started playing juke joints and house hops around the Maryland suburbs soon after.

When Williams married his wife, Karoline, and started his family, he continued to play on weeknights and weekends. All the blues legends tried to get him to go on tour with them — B.B. King the most notable. But he was afraid he would die on a tour bus, and he did not want to leave his family, so he always said no, only playing with them when they came to D.C.

Williams’s major-label debut, “Blues Highway,” was released in 2004 and helped bring him to wider attention. Summerour has also helped guide Williams to bigger gigs at Wolf Trap, the National Folk Festival and other spots in recent years, but Williams is still more likely to be found playing a house party or a small club or busking on a street corner.

EXPERIENCE THE BLUES >

At the age of 88 Mr. Williams plays the fourth Sunday of each month at O Museum in The Mansion.


Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with Warner.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Americana Radio Show
every 4th Sunday
Americana Radio Show

Featuring Caroline Ferrante
2:00 pm

West Norfolk, England Radio's Americana Radio Show hosted by Caroline Ferrante, featuring Americana songwriters, musicians, & characters.
 

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Gospel Jam
every 5th Sunday
every 5th Sunday
Gospel Jam

Channel your inner rock star with other musicians in the business. You know who you are: lawyers, doctors, lobbyists by day - but around the clock, always a rock star in your heart.

Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with seasoned artists.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Jazz in the Hood Jam
every 3rd Sunday
Jazz in the Hood Jam

11:00 am

Channel your inner rock star with other musicians in the business. You know who you are: lawyers, doctors, lobbyists by day - but around the clock, always a rock star in your heart.

Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with seasoned artists.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

O'Kids Playdates
$52 / person
$52 / person
O'Kids Playdates

The Coolest Place in DC! — Booking.com

Way more fun than an amusement park - explore The Mansion's winding hallways and themed rooms searching for secret doors on this one-of-a-kind fun filled journey. Enjoy delicious home baked cookies and a glass of milk. Then embark on a treasure hunt searching for designated items to find.

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop! 

MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm
Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Exhibits Artist Archives

These exhibits are included in all tours.

Character, Not Characters
CADE MARTIN: World's Top 200 Photographers
Character, Not Characters

A new photography exhibit from Cade Martin

Inspiration doesn't play by many rules. It rides in on the wind and shares your coffee break. Recently during a project, a client and I got to talking about tattoos. She mentioned a tattoo festival being held in the Washington DC area in the coming weeks. There it was, the spark of inspiration. I don't have any tattoos myself but the thought of all those people with their stories essentially written on their bodies was something I felt an immediate pull to photograph. I'm always seeking characters and these were characters I wanted to capture.

EXPERIENCE THE SHOOT >

These portraits are so alive with stories, the backgrounds amplifying the investment in expression. These people had amazingly detailed, as well as personal, tattoo work, it was such a clear commitment of time - and money - on their part. The whole experience turned out to be a blast - talking and working with people from all walks of life bonded by their ink. It's been amazing to spend a few minutes with these people and to make their portraits. I find the end product captivating, mysterious and revealing. But, I still don't have any tattoos.

ABOUT CADE MARTIN:
Named one of the 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the world -- Cade's meticulous attention to detail helps shape an environment that echoes the real world. Filled with strength and clarity, perfectly composed and lit with a simple elegance, his photographs touch the deepest emotions.

Cade Martin has shot for some of the most iconic brands in the world including Capital One, Discovery Channel, Target, Marriott International, and Starbucks to name a few.

American Civics
Shepard Fairey & Jim Marshall
American Civics

The first-ever collaboration between acclaimed contemporary artist Shepard Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. In it, Fairey interprets Marshall's iconic photography from the 1960's, including images of Johnny Cash, Cesar Chavez, and Fannie Lee Chaney, with five new works, vividly depicting the humanity behind some of our country's enduring social justice issues: Voting Rights, Mass Incarceration, Workers' Rights, Gun Culture, and Two Americas. The art of American Civics gives a face to these issues to cultivate dialogue and encourage vigorous solutions to problems that have divided the country and eroded the core of the American ideals.
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Generously donated by Michael Jensen, President/Founder Jensen Communications Inc. Jensen Communications, Inc. is a media, marketing and management firm specializing in public relations serving a diverse range of clients in entertainment, business, cause-related politics and the arts.
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Rythmic Rebels
Sandrine Lee
Rythmic Rebels

French born photographer Sandrine Lee has lived, studied and worked in NYC for over a decade. Via her husband, Will Lee, she has entered the music world and made it her main photographic playground.

Faces of Hope
Chip Duncan
Faces of Hope

Filmmaker, author, photographer and recipient of more than 100 national and international awards for his work, Chip's images appear in the book Enough To Go Around - Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Darfur. An exhibition of his images premiers at the 2011 World Peace Festival and this fall at O Street Museum Foundation.

This event benefits Relief International and
O Street Museum Foundation

First Ladies of Rock
Gerald Johnson
First Ladies of Rock

Gerald Johnson's art can be found in the National Gallery of Art, The White House, and the Treasury Department, as well as over three hundred corporate collections in America, Europe and China.

He was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and now lives in the DC area. He earned his fine arts degree and completed his graduate studies in printmaking and painting at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of North Carolina.

"The O Museum has challenged my creativity and championed my art. Every artist's dream is to find a receptive audience for their work. Twenty-five years ago, carrying 10 tiny collages into this mysterious house on O Street I found that audience; always saying "Do what is in your heart."

Crown Jewels of Music
Nina Miller
Crown Jewels of Music

Nina Miller loves all animals, some people, music, books, sparkly things, and all things vintage. Perpetually getting lost, but with a strong inner-compass, she resides in Nashville with her little monster, Oliver.

Founded in 2002, The Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organization in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. Nina is the Executive Director of The Gibson Foundation.

Nomads
Indigenous Mexican Art & Culture
Nomads

Nomad Indigenous Mexican Art & Culture Exhibit

This wonderous collection showcases mexican contemporary indigenous arts & crafts, created by world renowned artists, and has exhibited in Montreal, Boston and New York. The D.C. exhibit is supported by the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC.

The Little Prince
Elie Abrahami
photo: cade martin
The Little Prince

Born one of 14 children in Persia, 1948, Elie's religious affiliation prohibited him from painting, learning to read, and write. It wasn't until he was in the Israeli army, that he became an artist.

Despite his family disowning him for becoming an artist, he sent 80% of his earnings to them, until their death.

Abrahami's delicate watercolors and oil paintings, combining eastern and western traditions, have been exhibited in various galleries throughout the world and acquired by some of the most important collections in the world, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and the British Museum. He resides in Paris and his work is in major museum collections, globally.

Ottoman Magic
Mersad Berber
Ottoman Magic

Mersad Berber is one of the greatest and most distinctive Bosnian painters and graphic artists. His inspiration is derived from Bosnia, its Ottoman past, and its people. An honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, he has received approximately 50 awards and he has had exhibits in cities all over the world, from London and Madrid, New York to Moscow, Jakarta and New Delhi.


Experts consider him to be one of the greatest post-Classic artists in the world. His most significant projects were "Chronicles of Sarajevo", "A Trip to Skender Vakuf", "Srebrenica", "A Homage to Vlaho Bukovac", and "Ottoman Chronicles" among others.

Americana Radio Show
Americana Radio Show

Featuring Caroline Ferrante
2:00 pm

West Norfolk, England Radio's Americana Radio Show hosted by Caroline Ferrante, featuring Americana songwriters, musicians, & characters.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Madame Tussauds
Abby Road Beatles
Madame Tussauds

 

American Civics
Shepard Fairey
American Civics

Fairey's 25-year career started when he was a student in 1989 with his hugely popular Andre the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art that includes the 2008 Hope portrait of Barack Obama, which can be found in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The artist has executed more than 50 large-scale painted public murals around the world as of 2015. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

Debuting this summer, American Civics is the first-ever collaboration between Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. Fairey interprets Marshall's iconic photography with new works vividly depicting the humanity behind some of America's enduring social justice issues.

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NOTE: All benefits are effective for one year.

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  • Private docent-led tour for up to 4 guests
  • One bottle of champagne
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  • 20% off tours (food tours excluded)
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Members of the Winged O Society are among the museum's leading supporters donating not just funds but their valuable time, providing the foundation necessary to share, build, and preserve our programs. Their support goes directly to our programs including Artists-in-Residence, Jammin', OKids, SRO Concerts, and our evolving collections.

Winged O members receive all of the benefits of membership listed above as well as the following:

Gold Record

$5,000

  • Invitations to unique events including private amnesia dinners, concerts, and private docent led tours
  • Four tickets to the Intimate Music Experience of your choice with unlimited champagne
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$10,000

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  • Private Penthouse Tour for 6
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$25,000 - and beyond

  • Invitations to unique events including private amnesia dinners, concerts, and private docent led tours
  • Eight All-Access Passes & front row seats to every Intimate Music Experience & speaker event with unlimited champagne
  • Private Penthouse Tour for 8
  • Private art consultation with The Museum's Founder
  • Advance notice & purchase opportunities for intimate concerts & author series
  • Naming opportunity at The Museum
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Thank you to our generous supporters

Rock Star Supporters

Al Kooper
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The Kristina and William Catto Foundation
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Alvin Stenzel
Castellini Foundation
Larry Kramer Family Fund
Richard Bloch
The Mansion on O Street
The Potomac Fund

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Adi Karisik
Al Tiramisu
Beckstrom Family Fund
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Harmon Foundation
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