Plan Your Visit
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.
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.
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.
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 and attend a program. Please see the attached schedule for upcoming programs.
Did You Know?
Clara Barton is probably the most famous American nurse who was never a real nurse. She cared for wounded soldiers in the Civil War and as President of the American Red Cross she organized over 18 relief efforts, but she was a former school teacher and government clerk.