Washington DC’s only Presidential Museum is the home of Woodrow Wilson – an educator, president and world statesman. He’s the 28th President of the United States. He is famous for founding the League of Nations ( the modern United Nations?) and shaped the modern US presidency. His public career and his life as a private citizen are visible in an impressive collection of White House objects, elaborate gifts of state from around the world, family items and personal mementos.
Furnished as it was in Wilson’s time, the fashionable 1915 house just off the Embassy Row in the Dupont Circle area is a living textbook of modern American life in the 1920’s—from sound recordings to silent films, from flapper dresses to zine sinks!
A – Wilson’s typewriter. His very well adept at using it. One of his biographers published volumes of his letters and said, “That man can really type!”
B – Some of his many, many canes–which in his times was a fashion statement.
C – Woodrow Wilson loved this silent projector film which he received as a gift after his term as President. When diagnosed with influenza and later had a stroke, this silent film projector was his constant form of entertainment.
D – This china was used by the First Lady during state dinner and private dinners both in the White House and at their home.
E – Hairbrush, comb, clipper, etc… are some of the grooming accessories Wilson used.
F – The clock is dead but sets at 11:15–the time when Wilson died.
From floor to ceiling, the living room is adorned with family photos and things (like the piano and the furniture) which were given as gifts to the First Couple.
As an educator (he served as President of Princetown University), Woodrow Wilson had amassed a collection of 8,000 books–but they’re all in the White House and Capitol Hill Library. The books you see here are family books that include from Iliad to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
This is the bed where he died on February 3, 1924. This bed is huge and was custom-made for him. While he was bedridden, he occupied the left side of the bed while on his right side are the documents he needs to review and signed.
The kitchen has retained its old charm…
It’s an old phonograph!
Where: 2340 S Street, NW
Where to stay in Washington DC:
International House of Washington (Hostel)
1110 6th St. NW, Washington, DC.