• Council House Front Door

    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

    National Historic Site DC

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  • Archives Relocated to Museum Resource Center

    The National Park Service (NPS) has relocated the National Archives for Black Women’s History collection from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site to the NPS’s Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland. More »

  • Parking Advisory

    On-street parking is limited, public transportation suggested. Nearest Metros are the U Street and McPherson Square stations. Please be aware street sweeping occurs on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30am, further limiting parking during that time. More »

Fees & Reservations

No Fees

There are no fees for touring Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS.


Drop-in visitors are welcome during our open hours.

We request that groups make reservations because space and staff are limited and we need to be able to plan for your visit. Please call 202 673-2402.

The National Archives for Black Women's History is open by appointment only.

Did You Know?

Vatican City

In 1927, Pope Pius XI granted Mary McLeod Bethune an audience at the Vatican, in Rome, Italy, during her tour of Europe.