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“Interesting House Tour”

Heurich House Museum
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Ranked #109 of 432 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.
Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 604 helpful votes
“Interesting House Tour”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

I visited this museum last Saturday and found the house tour interesting and informative. The house was built by a German immigrant who founded a brewery on the site where the Kennedy Center is today. The brewery lasted until 1956 and was noted for its Senate brand beer. The house was a wonder in its time and had the most up to date features like combination electric and gas lamps as well as a central vacuum system. The décor and construction reflect the German roots of Mr. Heurich, who lived to the ripe old age of 102. Heavy wood paneling throughout as well as a basement rathskellar were notable. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and answered all questions. The tour group was a bit too large though and I think detracted a little from the experience. There is a $5.00 admission fee. It was very worthwhile and a real bargain.

Visited March 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Like the recent reviews have indicated, the Christian Heurich House Museum is a very enjoyable visit and tour. $5 per person is the price of admission and well worth the hour tour that follows. Our guide--Walt--presented a wealth of details in a coherent and concise manner without losing any enthusiasm for the mansion.
The intricacy and precision of the hand wood carving on the wall panels to the dining room table is simply some of the finest you will ever see and for us was the most prominent aspect of the house.
Excellent history, architecture, and personal family storytelling in one short hour. Very enjoyable!

Visited February 2014
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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“Beautiful & interesting house!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

An interesting little gem in Washington DC and very close to DuPont Circle. We signed up for an afternoon tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. The wood in the house is amazing - true artistry. It's a lovely victorian home with most of the original furnishings. The history of the home and the brewery Mr. Heurich owned until his death at 102 is fascinating. Well worth the $5 cost of the tour. Everyone on our tour seemed to enjoy the tour as much as we did and the ages varied from husband & I (60's) to the others who were in their 20's. Go visit it!

Visited February 2014
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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“Anachronism in the City; Worth Stepping Back in Time”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

We were a wedding group looking for fun, and this proved perfect - with pizza afterwards just across the Circle. This DuPont Circle mansion is virtually untouched since the time it was built by a wealthy German brewing family. The Heurich Brewing company was the largest employer, apart from the Feds, for many years, and this is the home they built to reflect their new money. It is rare to have a peek at life so well kept from so long ago. After the big museums and the monuments, this one-hour tour was a treat. By the way, our bride was in her mid-thirties, so when the docent related how Mr. Heurich did the family a favor by marrying his 30-year-old spinster niece and relieving them of her burden, it was the highlight of the tour.

Visited October 2013
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“Great sightseeing option off the crowded mall”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Not far from Dupont Circle metro. $5 fee very reasonable for the length of tour. Guide was entertaining and intelligent. Check online to make sure they'll have tours available the day you might want to visit. You can reserve space online without a credit card. Tour lasted just over an hour. House was really beautiful and architectural details were gorgeous. Included an exhibit about the brewery operated by the owner of the house. If you are tired of the crowds at the Smithsonians downtown, this is an excellent choice.

Visited December 2013
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