The Museum’s revenue comes from many sources, from rent and public events to gift shop, biergarten, and a small endowment. Most importantly, we receive support from the public in the form of grants and donations.
To learn more about how you can support the museum, visit our support page.
The Museum’s annual budget is a little under $1M.
The Heurich House Museum is owned and operated by the Heurich House Foundation, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Jan Evans and Gary Heurich, grandchildren of Christian and Amelia Heurich, were integral to forming the foundation in 2003, but they do not own the museum.
The Museum spaces (all areas behind stanchions and any objects throughout the house) are cleaned on a monthly basis by the Museum’s Collections Manager. She uses special HEPA vacuums, brushes, and microfiber cloths to clean the upholsteries, gilded furnishings, and delicate porcelains throughout the house.
The Museum has a long-time professional cleaner who we trust to clean public spaces in the Museum on a weekly basis, including bathrooms and main traffic areas.
The museum is very grateful for the continued support of many descendants of the Heurich family, including Jan Evans, who was responsible for saving the house in 2003. Other Heurich family members remain involved with the museum by loaning and gifting family artifacts to the Museum’s collection, and serving as members of the museum’s Board of Trustees.
The house never served as a brewery. Heurich’s first brewery was located on 20th between M St and N St NW and his second was located at the current site of the Kennedy Center.
You can learn more about our historic beer revivals here.
We sometimes make the decision not to restore something to its original condition so people can see how it aged or how the layers of history work in a place (of course, we only do this if it won’t cause further damage). Sometimes we have made decisions against restoration when we think there is an educational reason for leaving something in its current condition. For example, the ceiling mural in the boudoir was partially removed after a leak damaged the ceiling several years ago - we have chosen not to replace the canvas because it shows visitors the house’s steel and concrete construction and the story of how the water leak occurred also helps visitors understand the home’s balconies and gutter system. The Museum recently developed a master preservation plan with Quinn Evans Architects that identifies our most pressing conservation needs and will help us to raise money for those projects.
We don’t talk about that when we are on the property!