Madams of DC Walking Tour

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2 hour 30 minutes (approx.) Mobile ticket Offered in: English

*Starting in March 2024, this tour is offered the first and third Friday of the month. Check website for exact schedule. All tours available for private tours. The Madams in DC walking tour gives you a totally unique side of DC's history that you won't hear anywhere else. The Civil War completely transformed the capital, and turned Pennsylvania Avenue into a red light district lined with bawdy houses, taverns, theaters, and commercial ventures. Hard to imagine, now that it's lined with monolithic government buildings! You'll learn about how the women who worked in these brothels made their way in life, and even had an impact on affairs of government.

What's Included
  1. Two hours of fascinating information by an experienced guide. No entry fees necessary.
  1. Refreshments at Hill Country BBQ half-way stop.
Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

The meeting point is in front of the Willard Center, next to the Occidental on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Look for the guide wearing the costume!

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your
7/16/2020 - 6/21/2024
Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

End Point

Queen Victoria Statue
30/A, Nrupathunga Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
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What To Expect

Where Freedom Plaza is now once used to be the notorious neighborhood known as Murder Bay. As we walk through this spacious open area currently used for festivals and music events, you'll hear all about the taverns, gambling houses, and brothels popular with Northern Arm soldiers that used to stand there.

On the block where the Trump International Hotel, formerly the Old Postal Office building, currently stands, was the 11th Street strip, a subsection of the Red Light district on Pennsylvania Avenue where the Military Provost Guard harassed and arrested some of the raucous Madams in the neighborhood.

Freedom Plaza

Continuing in our journey through time, you'll learn about the lives of prostitutes in Civil War DC and the part they played in society, as we pass by the former site of the largest central urban Market in DC.

National Museum of the American Indian

We'll stop for a drink at Hill Country BBQ (*cost of beverage not included), across the street from the International Order of Odd Fellows Temple. The IOOF supported the arts, and the art of having a good time. It was common to see the higher class working girls walking into a grand party hosted by the Odd Fellows, on the arm of an Army Officer. Scandalous!

National Gallery of Art

The former site of Marble Alley, where two of DC's highest paid Madams had a vicious rivalry.

The National Archives Museum

An archeological dig discovered the remains of DC most notorious, and yet charitable, Madams. The tour ends at this, the most glamorous of DC's Civil War-era pleasure houses.

Additional Info
  1. Wheelchair accessible
  2. Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  3. Service animals allowed
  4. Public transportation options are available nearby
  5. Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  6. All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  7. Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  8. Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  9. Guests must be able to be on their feet for at least 2 hours.
Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  1. For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time
  2. Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  3. If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  4. This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  5. Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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