Florida House, Washington DC

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Florida is proud to be the only state with an embassy in Washington, D.C. Founded by First Lady Rhea Chiles in 1973, thousands of visiting dignitaries, families, students and those having business in Washington have been welcomed to the nation’s capital with a glass of Florida orange juice.

Just one block from the U.S. Capitol, we share the corner of East Capitol and Second Street with the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library. We are between the Capital South and Union Station metro stops and one block from the Circulator.

Visitors to the House love to have their photo taken from our upstairs window with its iconic view of the Capitol Dome. You can also tour the House, hearing the stories behind the antiques and artwork , many of which were donated by Floridians. Pick up information about attractions in the nation’s capital or relax in our beautiful, shaded garden.

Florida House is the perfect place to host meetings, seminars, retreats or receptions. Your guests will feel like they are in their own private club. Guests can view some pretty spectacular sunsets over the Capitol Dome from our garden or the House.

The beautiful three-story Victorian home, built in 1891, was purchased and is maintained solely by individual and corporate contributions. No state or federal tax dollars are used to support Florida House.

We love to share the home, hospitality and a little bit of Florida with our visitors.
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  • As a Californian, journeying to the Sunshine State can be an arduous task. But it's one I happily make. Visiting this slice of Florida in DC was a breath of tropical breeze on a wintry January day... 
    As a Californian, journeying to the Sunshine State can be an arduous task. But it's one I happily make. Visiting this slice of Florida in DC was a breath of tropical breeze on a wintry January day...  more »
  • I never knew that Florida had an embassy in D. C.! As I was searching for things to do during our visit on-line, I ran across The Florida House. Well, living in Florida I was interested so I clicked.....  more
    I never knew that Florida had an embassy in D. C.! As I was searching for things to do during our visit on-line, I ran across The Florida House. Well, living in Florida I was interested so I clicked.....  more »
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  • As of January 2022: It's open for visitors, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and admission is free. The house is opened in 1972 and currently about 10.000 people visit this place every year. First floor is a reception hall, second floor is for exhibits that promote Floridian art, and the exhibits change every 6 to 12 months. On the basement are restrooms and a display of football helmets from Floridian college teams that paid the house a visit. It's a good spot to take a break from sightseeing around, because there's hardly any public places nearby where people can cool down in the summer and get warm in the winter.
  • Staff was super friendly and welcoming. Good place to catch a break from the heat while touring the hill area. They have art pieces and exhibitions about Florida history.

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