Founded in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) needed a national headquarters as the organization grew in size. They commissioned architect John Russell Hope to construct Constitution Hall in 1928. Hope was famous for designing the National Archives Building, the National Gallery of Art, and the Jefferson Memorial.
Constitution Hall features a grand auditorium that holds almost 4,000 people. In the years since the building’s completion, it has welcomed a host of cultural performers, including bands, choirs, singers, pianists, lecturers, entertainers, athletes, comedians, and more.
Members of the DAR have been active in historic preservation efforts since the late-nineteenth century. In addition to preserving historic buildings, the DAR also cares for a wide variety of artifacts that can be viewed at the museum located inside of Constitution Hall. The museum features temporary exhibits as well as over 30 period rooms where visitors can take a peek into the past.