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“A hidden gem in downtown DC”

Heurich House Museum
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Ranked #116 of 445 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: Historic Dupont Circle home of German immigrant and brewmaster Christian Heurich (1842-1945) and family The mansion was built from 1892-94 by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). He and his family lived in their Dupont Circle home from its completion in 1894 until his wife's death in 1956. Recognized as Washington, DC's most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city's longest-operating brewery (1873-1956), until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its fireproof construction, original interiors, and family collections. The museum, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle, is open for regular public events and guided tours Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Private tours and event rentals are also available.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A hidden gem in downtown DC”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

I've lived in DC for years and never knew this museum existed. The Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium organized an open house walk weekend so I walked in. What a gem! Built in 1842, this 4 story house on New Hampshire is on the National Register of Historic Places and almost overwhelms with its Victorian and German decoration The owner was a German immigrant and local brewer who bought many works from Germany and brought German craftsmen in to do elaborate wood carvings all over the house. Each room has a card explaining the basics of the room and the major pieces of furniture, art or decoration. Because his brewery had suffered fires, Heurich built his house of reinforced steel and concrete to be fireproof. None of the 15 fireplaces has ever been used because he also installed innovative plumbing and heating. There is a small, enclosed garden out back where the former carriage house stands.

The house is open Thursday to Saturday and only to small groups led by Docents, so it's advisable to reserve ahead of time. Well worth it.

Visited June 2013
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Virginia, United States
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“Cool house tour and great beer tasting event”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

In May Bluejacket brewery did the tasting, 3 really nice beers, my favorite was the one brewed with Mad Fox brewery in VA, called the Instigator doppelbock and the Ipa was awesome too, can't wait for them to open later this summer.

I think the museum will have a different craft brewery each month with the tour on the third Thursday, will definitely go back, the house and gardens are gorgeous.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Make your reservation online for a fun, informative tour at this wonderful old home. It's a relic of a different time in D.C. but our tour guide explained it very well. So many little details to enjoy! One member of my party would like to copy the tiny beer hall from the basement.

Visited April 2013
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“Little known gem in DC”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

It may look like a set from Harry Potter but walk through the doors of the Christian Heurich House Museum and you step back in time. The house is beautifully preserved. Well worth the trip!

Visited October 2012
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