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Explore Secret Doors & Themed Rooms

Washington, United States

Experience hosted by H Leonards, Ted Spero,

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Free cancellation
Full refund at least 7 days before the experience starts or within 24 hours of booking.
Up to 10 people
Includes tickets

What you'll do

From spies to secret passageways put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for over 70 secret doors and explore our themed rooms. We would never give you a map - this would ruin the surprise of finding a secret door. We do give you a hint card and talk to you about the Big O before you start your journey. It’s not in the finding, it’s in the seeking that is important. Experience the magic!

You will begin your experience with an in-depth introduction to our history and our secret doors, as well as what to look for as you go. Then, we will send you off on your own to search for the secrets and treasures that are everywhere to be found.

As you explore the mansion, which is steeped in history and intrigue, you'll be walking in the footsteps of presidents, freedom fighters, G-Men, historians, famous musicians, and fiction writers. Built 125 years ago, nearly every President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited.

• exclusive socially distanced self-guided tours
• masks available & required
• touch-less entry
• hand sanitizer stations throughout
• complimentary gloves available
• signage to promote social distancing
Other things to note
All ages can attend. If you have a short attention span, this is the place for you because there is so much to see and do. If you are a minimalist, you will be overwhelmed. Museum closes: 5pm except for Fridays and Saturdays: 9pm.
From spies to secret passageways put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for over 70 secret doors and explore our themed rooms. We would never give you a map - this would ruin the surprise of finding a secret door. We do give you a hint card and talk to you about the Big O before you start your journey. It’s not in the finding, it’s in the seeking that is important. Experience the magic!

You will begin your experience…

What's included

  • Tickets
    Includes an in-depth introduction to our rich history and our secret doors,...

Meet your host, H Leonards, Ted Spero,

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 348 Reviews
  • Identity verified
H: Is the Founder of the O Street Museum. I created O Museum to empower people to do what they love — dare to be different — and have fun. I have been welcoming people in to be inspired for 40 blessed years. Me, Ted, Iso, or one of our other fantastic docents will facilitate your treasure hunt on this amazing journey.

Ted: As the President of The Mansion & husband to H, his knowledge of our unique exhibits is vast — you will love hearing his stories about our history & artifacts

Iso: A historian from the U of Pittsburgh, Iso loves introducing people to O Museum's highlights & secret doors
H: Is the Founder of the O Street Museum. I created O Museum to empower people to do what they love — dare to be different — and have fun. I have been welcoming people in to be inspired for 40 blessed years. Me, Ted, Iso, or one of our other fantastic docents will facilitate your treasure hunt on this amazing journey.

Ted: As the President of The Mansion & husband to H, his knowledge of our unique exhibits is vast — you will love hearing his stories about our history & artifact…
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From $30
/ person
Thu, Jun 17
$30 per person
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
This time is popular
$30 per person
Thu, Jun 17
$30 per person
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join 5 other guests
$30 per person
Fri, Jun 18
$30 per person
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$30 per person

About the organization: O Street Museum Foundation



We empower people to do what they love - dare to be different - and have fun. We inspire creativity, diversity, and imagination through the fusion of the arts. The creative process comes in many forms. Every story has a beautiful lining that we can all learn from and share. We reshape how people see and connect with the beauty of the world around them, starting from their power within.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to O Street Museum Foundation.

Where you'll be

O Museum in The Mansion, one of Washington’s best kept secrets, was rated one of the “Top 5 historic venues to explore in the world” & the only place in the U.S. (Smithsonian).

Located in historic Dupont Circle, O Museum has been featured on TV & several books including; Four Blind Mice by James Patterson, The John Lennon Letters by Hunter Davies, National Geographic Traveler, ABC News, Travel Channel, The History of The Eagles, & WETA.

Rated 4.68 out of 5 from 348 reviews.

Mikayla
June 2021
Cool experience and interesting items/history but I definitely would have liked something to actually look for other than secret doors. Maybe that’s just me though!
Sanjay
June 2021
Something different from the museums and monuments. Kids and adults all lived exploring and searching for the doors. Remarkable place, recommend it as a nice break from regular sightseeing.
Bethany
June 2021
This was my first experience of this kind so I have nothing to compare it to but we enjoyed it. My husband doesn't usually like similar things to this but he enjoyed this. The house is full of expensive things though so if you have small children or are very accident prone I would not recommend it. I also don't think a person in a wheelchair would be able to do this at all. There is an elevator but there are some places that are small or inaccessible by chair. If you are able to walk a little bit for a few minutes you might be able to manage some of it. I'm guessing they have more information to clarify if you ask. Once you find your first few doors you might want to go through the mansion a second time as things will become more obvious once you have a general idea of what to look for. The only thing I didn't like was that they were very clear that there are no doors behind the art and not to touch the art, but there were doors my husband found that were behind things that looked like art to me, and things that looked similar to those actually were art when I looked behind them. There are a couple of things that we thought might be doors but we didn't touch them because we could not tell if they were considered art or not. Looking behind (without touching the art) to see how it was hanging usually helped us figure it out but not always. There is a lot of expensive art there and we did not want to destroy anything. Also we did not realize that there could be small hidden doors in the furniture until the end. We thought it would only be in the walls. So just fyi, check the furniture (very carefully of course) too. The fourth floor was pretty hot but it was a 90 degree day when we were there and it wasn't as bad as outside. We both had fun.
This was my first experience of this kind so I have nothing to compare it to but we enjoyed it. My husband doesn't usually like similar things to this but he enjoyed this. The hous…
Jolene
June 2021
Very interesting from the moment we stepped in the door. The introduction was very informative. Tried to make a plan but got sidetracked by finding hidden areas. Had a group of 5 and we all really enjoyed it.
Maria
June 2021
This place was absolutely amazing! It was so huge and had so many rooms to look at. It was exciting trying to figure out where the secret rooms were. Each room had such to see! My daughter absolutely loved it, we came today for her 20th birthday 🎂. We will definitely be coming back.
This place was absolutely amazing! It was so huge and had so many rooms to look at. It was exciting trying to figure out where the secret rooms were. Each room had such to see! My…
Ashley
June 2021
The Museum was an amazing adventure from the moment you step through the front door. After a quick video explaining the fascinating history of the mansion, and a quick explanation & rules from the host, we were set loose to explore 5 floors by several townhouse-widths worth of unique history. We were able to find several hidden doors inunexpected spots, and would love to return sometime to find more!
The Museum was an amazing adventure from the moment you step through the front door. After a quick video explaining the fascinating history of the mansion, and a quick explanation…

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  • Thu, Jun 17
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    This time is popular
    $30 per person
  • Thu, Jun 17
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Join 5 other guests
    $30 per person
  • Fri, Jun 18
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    $30 per person
  • Fri, Jun 18
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $30 per person
  • Fri, Jun 18
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    $30 per person
  • Fri, Jun 18
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    $30 per person
  • Sat, Jun 19
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $30 per person
  • Sat, Jun 19
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Join 3 other guests
    $30 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

The museum is filled to the brim and everything you see is for sale — so be sure to bring your own shopping bags for the 30,000 square foot gift store - we don't provide them. Think green!