Dupont Underground is one of those spaces in D.C. that makes the city as unique artistically and culturally as it claims to be.
With a mission to provide a platform for creative expression, the non-profit organization that runs Dupont Underground has certainly been successful, by transforming an old subway station into a destination for Washingtonians to attend events, performances, and exhibits.
Dupont Underground is located right off of Dupont Circle (19 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20036), with a couple of staircase entrances. Once you follow the stairs down, you end up in an underground street car track. With 75,000 square feet of usable space, there’s really no other venue like it in all of D.C., which makes the large space exciting for creatives (because as we all know, everything can get pretty tight above ground!).
An abandoned street car station from the 20th century, the area lay untouched beneath the hustle and bustle of Dupont Circle until just recently, when Dupont Underground was created as an organization to repurpose the place. Since 2016, the space has been open to the public for viewing art exhibits (both permanent and rotating) and listening to performances (view calendar here).
Another cool aspect of Dupont Underground is that the space can be rented out for private events. How completely Washingtonian of a concept is that? You can have your birthday party (or really any other kind of party) underground.
If you’re a history buff, schedule a guided tour of the tunnels (for a $16 donation) and learn about the history of the space. As a bonus, you’ll also be taken around the current galleries. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays and must be booked in advance!
Dupont Underground is run off the support of its founders, volunteers, and the community. If you’d like to support the organization either financially or by donating your time, you can check out all the details on their website. But really the best way you can support it is by attending a performance, taking a tour, or just making a point of viewing the galleries!
Have you been to Dupont Underground yet? What did you think? Let us know what you think in the comments below!