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The L. Ron Hubbard House

Also known as the Founding Church of Scientology.  

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The L. Ron Hubbard house near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. is truly a unique place. It started out as Hubbard’s house when he lived in Washington D.C. and was his home base for writing and conducting meetings. The house ultimately became the foundation for the Church of Scientology.

The house contains a wide array of memorabilia from all stages of Hubbard’s life. The first floor consists of a meeting area through a parlor like entryway. Past the entryway, are artifacts from the original Church of Scientology. The entire floor covers the early part of Ron’s life, from his time as a sea captain in the Pacific, to his World War II service.

The second floor is by far the most interesting. Visitors can view a recreation of Hubbard’s office based on a wide variety of photographs that were captured during the 1950s and 1960s. In his writing parlor, it’s believed he would set up multiple typewriters to work simultaneously on multiple items. It also contains a bed as Hubbard would often spend hours working in his office.

On the third floor is a board room and a few other meeting spaces. Littered throughout the building is a reminder of Ron’s prolific writing. Books, magazines, pamphlets, can be found throughout the museum. 

Know Before You Go

Located near Dupont Circle and the Dupont Metro stop. There are also plenty of bars/restaurants nearby. The neighborhood is really lovely and easy to navigate. You can walk up anytime between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for a tour (usually a one-on-one tour). They show you around the entire house and allow for pictures.

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