Sunday Tours PLEASE NOTE: The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is closed until further notice. There was a significant water event in early October. The collection is secure, but assessment and repairs to the house are ongoing. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Walking Tour Beginning this Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Museum will offer a walking tour in lieu of house tours, since the Museum is currently closed. These weekly walking tours will last up to one hour and include information about Greenbelt’s architectural styles, New Deal-era sculptures, and philosophies of cooperative living that influenced Greenbelt’s design. On Sundays in October and November (except for Thanksgiving Sunday), visitors are invited to meet at 10B Crescent Road—the museum’s house—at 1pm. First, visitors will view a short film about Greenbelt’s history, then a museum docent will guide visitors along Greenbelt’s pedestrian pathways. Each participant is asked to pay $5.00 at the time of the tour. In the event of rain, the walking tours will be canceled. Please call 240-542-2064 or check the Greenbelt Museum’s Facebook page for updated information about weather related cancellations. The decision to cancel due to rain will be made by 10 am on Sunday morning.
CLOSED – The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house, located at 10B Crescent Road, is open for docent-led tours on Sundays from 1-5pm. No reservations are required, but we do recommend that you arrive no later than 4:30pm. General Admission, $3.00, children under 12, and FOGM members admitted free! For group tours, please see information below.
The house has been restored and furnished with objects from the period of 1936-1952.
The furniture on display was designed by the Resettlement Administration’s Special Skills Division and made available to early Greenbelt residents. The home also includes objects associated with everyday life of a middle-class family during these years such as Fiesta ware, depression glass, kitchen utensils, children’s toys, clothes, and linens. Tours of the house provide visitors with a view of home life for ordinary Americans of modest means during the Great Depression and World War II.
If you are visiting Greenbelt when the Museum house is not scheduled to be open, see below for information about booking tours, or take a self-guided walking tour by downloading our Historic Greenbelt Walking Tour Trail Guide – Routes and Info. To access the corresponding map, click on the image below, or click here Historic Greenbelt Walking Tour Trail Guide map
Group Walking Tours & Scheduled House Tours
PLEASE NOTE: The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is closed until further notice. There was a significant water event in early October. The collection is secure, but assessment and repairs to the house are ongoing. We apologize for any inconvenience. We may be able to accommodate some walking tours. Please call us to discuss 240-542-2064. Thank you.
We welcome group tours! The Greenbelt Museum is happy to schedule group walking tours (minimum of 5 people preferred) of the historic community throughout the week, as well as tours of our historic home on days other than Sundays. We ask that you schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-542-2064. Or download and fill out our tour reservation form Greenbelt Museum Guided Tour Info & Request Form. Scheduled tours are $5 per person.
Your visit will begin at the Community Center with a 10-minute film about the history of Greenbelt. The tour includes a 30 to 45-minute outdoor walking tour, a visit to the Museum’s historic home furnished with artifacts from the everyday life of the Great Depression and World War II (including a gift shop), and an optional visit to an interpretive exhibit in the Community Center (if available). Groups larger than 10 people will be divided into smaller groups. Because the tour does involve some walking outdoors, if there is anyone in your group who is not ambulatory or is not able to walk 1/2 mile, please notify the museum as soon as possible, for alternative tour arrangements. Walking tours are conducted in all weather conditions except thunderstorms. Please remind participants to dress appropriately for the weather. The cost of the tour is $5/person, due on the tour date. If you require an invoice, please contact staff in advance. Free parking is available at the Community Center. Buses may park behind the Greenbelt Public Library.
Walking tours may be scheduled from 10am-5pm any day of the week, but we do ask that you schedule your tour 2 weeks in advance. The historic house is open for guided tours on Sundays from 1pm-5pm, and by special appointment at other times. The Community Center Exhibit Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9am-9pm and Sunday from 9am-7pm. To schedule a tour or make further inquiries, please call Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, Education/Volunteer Coordinator at 240-542-2064, or e-mail email@example.com.
Dining and facilities
Roosevelt Center, Historic Greenbelt’s small commercial area, provides several options for dining including the New Deal Cafe, a cooperatively owned business; Beijing, a Chinese restaurant; Generous Joe’s Deli; and Chef Lou’s Desserts. The town center also boasts a large screen movie theater (still in operation) and the Greenbelt Co-op Grocery Store, another cooperatively run business. Restroom facilities are available in the Community Center.
Self-Guided Walking Tours
Greenbelt, Maryland is located approximately 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. and is a stop on the WMATA Metrorail system http://www.wmata.com/ though bus service from the station to historic Greenbelt is severely limited/unavailable on Sundays when the Museum is normally open. The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is located at 10B Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. If driving, from the Capital Beltway, (495) heading South toward Richmond, take exit 23, turn left onto northbound Kenilworth Ave. (MD Route 201), turn right onto Crescent Road and proceed to 15 Crescent Road, the Greenbelt Community Center, where there is plenty of free parking. From the Beltway (495) heading North toward Baltimore, take exit 23, turn right onto northbound Kenilworth Ave. (MD Route 201), turn right onto Crescent Road and proceed to 15 Crescent Road. For directions from other points, click here http://greenbeltmuseum.org/about/