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 »
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 »
Operating Hours & Seasons
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site is open seven days a week. We encourage visitors to call ahead to schedule tours in advance.
During the summer months (April 1 - October 31), the Council House is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with the last tour of the day beginning at 4:00pm.
During the winter months (November 1 - March 31), the Council House is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm, with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30pm.
We are also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
The National Archives for Black Women's History is open by appointment only. Please follow the link for more information.
Did You Know?
In 1944, Mary McLeod Bethune became the leader of the Women's Army for National Defense, a black women's organization founded to "...share in this fight for democracy..., and to provide an instrument through which African American women could serve in this great crisis, with dignity and pride...."