The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood. (Amanda Voisard)

2340 S St. NW.

Woodrow Wilson, ca. 1913. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

In residence: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president, lived here from 1921, when he left office, until his death in 1924.

Admission: Adults $10, seniors, $8, $5 students and members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, children younger than 12 free.

Tour length: One hour, every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (museum closes at 4), including a 15-minute video at the beginning.

Tour highlights: Presidential memorabilia including gifts of state, like a kangaroo-skin coat with wombat-fur trim (a gift from Australia), a Gobelin tapestry and an inkwell and pen stand made of walrus-tusk ivory carved in the shape of a walrus (from Alaska — evidently a frequent souvenir in those pre-ivory-ban days); as well as tangible mementos of a bygone lifestyle — old telephones, a record player, Wilson’s private movie projector and a vintage 1920s kitchen.

Surprising fact: I had a vague view of Wilson as the timorous pacifist who kept the United States out of World War I and failed in his dream of the League of Nations. His house contextualized him as the successful and charismatic president of Princeton University, the author of many books (including a biography of George Washington) who became governor of New Jersey and won the presidency only two years after holding his first elected office — and who clung to neutrality in the war for so long in part because the war would overshadow his cherished domestic initiatives.

What his house didn’t do was dispel the notion of his second wife, Edith, as a formidable force. Wilson had a stroke midway through his final term, and Edith assumed total control of his schedule and access to him (she has been called America’s first female president). Edith was eager to play down her power, even, according to the tour guide, disliking a portrait of herself because it made her look too statesmanlike (though her power shines through just as much in the portrait she approved); and the house is aggressively set up as Wilson’s home. It was, however, Edith who found the house, fixed it up and, then, after Wilson’s death three years later, continued to live there for 37 years, until she died in 1961 and left it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What the house really presents is Edith’s vision of her husband’s legacy.

What to know before you go: The house, built in 1915, is an elegant Georgian manor in Kalorama and of interest to D.C. real estate buffs regardless of their historical involvement. On the first Wednesday of every month, it hosts a vintage game night, with board games, lawn games and snacks including animal crackers, which were invented during the Wilson administration (admission: $15). The tour is, improbably, reasonably kid-friendly, based on an informal survey of one and a very patient tour guide, and there’s a wonderful playground in Mitchell Park, a block away, to make it a fun afternoon family outing. The 4-year-old’s takeaway: “The phones didn’t have numbers! That’s crazy!”

Gift shop: Small but well-stocked, with a broad selection of items, including jigsaw puzzles, games, some of Wilson’s books and the obligatory souvenir tchotchkes (keychains, bracelets, an all-in-one garden tool, etc.), which pleased the 4-year-old: “I got a keychain to remember President Wilson.”

Anne Midgette