Favorite Museums: President Woodrow Wilson House

May 27, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Since we’ve been talking museums on the blog this week and for the next few weeks to come I love to tell you about museums you may not know about, especially museums you may not know of in destination places like New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. A few years ago Mike and I were in Washington D.C. and went to visit the Woodrow Wilson House Museum, Wilson was the only American President to stay in the nation’s capital after leaving the office of the Presidency until now, President and Mrs. Obama will be staying in D.C. until daughter Sasha finishes school in 2018. Wilson left office in 1921 and he and Mrs. Wilson moved into the townhouse that is now the museum, President Wilson lived in the house until his death in February of 1924. The house is very much the same as it was when the Wilson’s lived here, from the decoration of the rooms to the furniture. President Wilson received guests and dignitaries while living in this house which is in the Kalorama section of Washington, otherwise known as Embassy Row. I love museums like the Wilson House, ones that give you a real glimpse into the day to day lives of extraordinary people, of course, Wilson is known as the President that got our country through WWI and as the creator of the League of Nations that eventually became the United Nations. If you have a chance be sure and check out the President Woodrow Wilson House, until then here’s some pictures from the house, Enjoy and have a great weekend and a very happy Memorial Day weekend.  (above image via)

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States of America ( via )

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A look at a living area on the main floor of the Wilson home, the Wilsons had a beautiful collection of art. ( via )

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The Dining Room of the Wilson home, set up much as it would have been in the 1920’s. ( via )

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In the above image of the Dining Room you can see the lower portion of painting over the fireplace, here’s the entire painting. This is Edith Galt Wilson, President Wilson’s second wife, she lived in the house until her death in December of 1961 at the age of 89. ( via )

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The President’s Study, following his death Mrs. Wilson donated President Wilson’s presidential papers in 1939 then his personal library books in 1946 to the Library of Congress. ( via )

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This is President Wilson’s bedroom in the house on the third floor. Mrs. Wilson had the room decorated to remind the President of his room at the White House. Mrs. Wilson went so far as to have the Lincoln bed from the White House copied and installed at the new house. President Wilson died here at the age of 67 in 1924. ( via )

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In addition to the beautiful interiors of the house, there’s a lovely back yard. ( via )

I encourage you to visit the President Woodrow Wilson House if you’re ever in Washington D.C., it’s well worth the time to see the early 20th century design and get a glimpse of the life of an American leader. 

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