Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site

Overview

The museum is the headquarters of the historic National Woman's Party and was the Washington home of its founder and Equal Rights Amendment author Alice Paul. Sewall-Belmont, named in the first Save America's Treasures legislation, is the only museum in the nation's capital dedicated to preserving and showcasing a crucial piece of history: the fight for the American woman's right to vote. This struggle is documented through one of the most significant collections in the country focused on the suffrage and equal rights movements.

The Museum, a National Historic Landmark, offers monthly educational programming and is open for public tours five days a week. The archive is open to students and researchers to help preserve the legacy of the National Woman's Party and its founder Alice Paul.

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Directions

Driving: 

The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum is located at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street, NE, next to the Hart Senate Office building. It is a free-standing, federal style brick house surrounded by a black cast-iron fence.

The entrance for museum tours and the museum shop is at the ground level on Constitution Avenue (there is an iron gate just under the porch for tour entry). Non-tour visitors should use the main entrance up the porch stairs.

On weekdays, limited street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. On weekends and pending access, the Senate parking lot is available (entrance at intersection of 2nd Street and C Street, NE). Lot parking for cars/buses is available at Union Station.

Public Transport: 

Union Station (Red Line): From the main entrance, turn LEFT and walk past the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Building to the intersection of 2nd Street, NE and Massachusetts Avenue. Turn RIGHT onto Second Street. Travel for three blocks, passing the Senate parking lot and Hart Senate Office Building on the right. The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum is located just beyond the entrance to the Hart building.

Capitol South (Blue and Orange Lines): Exit metro and travel on 1st Street NE in the direction of the Capitol for four blocks until you reach Constitution Avenue. CROSS the street, turn RIGHT, and walk past the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Buildings to the end of the block. The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum is on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street NE.