Private tour

Washington DC: Madams of DC Private Walking Tour

Activity provider: Off the Mall Tours

Washington DC: Madams of DC Private Walking Tour

Activity provider: Off the Mall Tours

From US$ 25 per person

Explore the red light district along Pennsylvania Avenue on a walking tour of Washington DC. Visit the National Museum of the American Indian, etc while hearing about the women from your guide.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Private group


  • Uncover the stories of the red light district on a walking tour of Washington DC
  • See the Willard Hotel that hosted well-heeled clients for high-end escorts
  • Hear about Freedom Plaza and Penn Avenue that bordered the Murder Bay slum
  • Visit Archives stand on the center market, the shopping area of prostitutes
  • Pass by the National Gallery which was once full of first-class brothels
Full description

Discover how Pennsylvania Avenue became the most notorious red light district of Washington, DC, on a walking tour. Know about the area from your guide while visiting iconic sights like the National Museum of the American Indian and many more.

You will pass by the Willard Intercontinental with several stops along Pennsylvania Avenue, the main thoroughfare around which DC's red light district arose.

Hear about the ramshackle boarding houses of Murder Bay to glamorous pleasure houses such as Mary Ann Hall's establishment that used to stand on the site of the current American Indian History Museum.

Stroll through the streets and learn about the unprecedented rise in prostitution during and after the civil war. Finally, end your tour at the National Museum of the American Indian, the former site of the city's most notorious 19th-century brothel. 

  • Guide
  • Food or drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years
  • People with low level of fitness
  • Hearing-impaired people

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Meeting point

The tour will start from the entrance of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. The closest Metro station to the starting point is Metro Center. If you are taking rideshare then ensure that your ride should not drop you at the F Street entrance.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The tour will take place rain or shine
  • Tour is subject to cancellation in the case of dangerous weather, or low occupancy.
  • If the tour is canceled due to dangerous weather or low occupancy, you will receive a full refund
  • The tour is mainly conducted in outdoors and does not require any entrance fees

Product ID: 420598