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    Clara Barton

    National Historic Site Maryland

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  • Temporary Site Closure Oct. 27 - Oct. 31, 2014

    Temporary Site Closure will occur starting the week Oct. 27, 2014 between 5 to 10 business days. Weekends the site will remain open. Please call 301-320-1410 for updates.

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Clara Barton National Historic Site Temporary Closure

Beginning the week of October 27, 2014 Clara Barton National Historic Site will experience temporary weekday closures to the public. The site will be closed Oct. 27 - 31 and open the weekend of Nov. 1 - 2. Additional weekday closures may be necessary the week of Nov. 3, 2014; information will be posted as available.

The site will be closed for five to ten weekdays to allow for the packing and moving of the historic museum collection. Smaller museum objects are currently being packed while the site is open.The larger furnishings will be moved during the temporary closure. After the move is completed the site will re-open for tours on the hour, but the rooms will be un-furnished. This is in preparation for major renovations scheduled for 2015.

During this time period, please contact the site before planning a visit by calling 301-320-1410.

Front view of Clara Barton's Glen Echo, Maryland home during winter.  Red Cross flag and American Flag blowing in the breeze.

Clara Barton's Glen Echo home is a reflection of her dedication of serving the needs of others. You can view the virtual tour, but nothing compares to actually visiting the home. Guided tours blend the incredible stories of her courage during the Civil War to her achievements with the American Red Cross within the settings she worked and lived in between 1897 and 1912.


Temporary closure October 27 - 31, 2014.The site is closed to the public. Passport stamp located at George Washington Memorial Parkway Turkey Run Headquarters office 9:00 am - 3:30 pm M-F.

House shown by guided tour only and tours start on the hour:

10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12 Noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m

Open daily all year-except closed on Federal Holidays between November and March. (Closed Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and George Washington's Birthday/Presidents Day)

Clara Barton National Historic Site is not air-conditioned nor well heated. The house has a front porch, but there is no other shelter while waiting for tours.

Public restrooms, seasonal drinking water fountains and limited food services are available at adjacent Glen Echo Park.

Only the first floor of the house is wheelchair accessible.

Eastern National Passport station and bookstore located inside the house and may be accessed as part of the house tour.

Groups of ten people or more need reservations.

Please call 301-320-1410 for more information or to schedule a reservation.

Collect the National Park Service Civil War to Civil Rights trading cards during your visit.

Free admission.


Clara Barton National Historic Site is administered by the George Washington Memorial Parkway and while you are visiting in the area, you may wish to visit one of the nearby sites. http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/index.htm


During extreme conditions affecting the Washington, D.C. region; power outages; storms or storm clean up operations, Clara Barton National Historic Site may experience temporary closures and guided tours may be canceled. The site may close for only part of a day, a full day or multiple days. Feel free to call 301-320-1410 to confirm site status before visiting.

Did You Know?

Red Cross stained glass windows at Clara Barton National Historic Site

Visit a truly one-of-a-kind home from your computer. Take the Clara Barton National Historic Site Virtual Tour. Become an On-line Junior Ranger by completing fun and educational activities through the Clara Barton Interactive Experience. More...