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Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007 (Upper Northwest)
202-339-6410
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Ranked #45 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, History Museums, Art Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and... more » Owner description: Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. « less
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Rockville, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As a local, finding things to do in D.C. that are not too touristy is hard to find. Dumbarton Oaks is one of the most beautiful places that D.C. has to offer, though the hours are fairly limited. It is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2:00-6:00 with a cost of $8/pp. The grounds are peaceful and breathtaking no matter the time of... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I have been to DC many times over the years and have visited most of the museums. This time I was looking for places to go I had not visited previously, and found Dumbarton Oaks to be a treasure. I toured the musuem, which, though small, is filled with Byzantine and pre-Columbian treasures which are definitely worth your time.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wonderful spacious gardens. We did not go to the museum. Hours of access are limited so check before you go.

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York, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

There are few rooms but what is in them will amaze you. On entry (free) you find ancient Roman Mosaics on the floor and walls. There are Byzantine gold jewelry items as well as coins and religious items in another few rooms. A large ancient statue of a horse was pieced together from 80 bits when found, and it stands... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

WE visited this very good museum; especially if you enjoy pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The gardens are very extensive so leave plenty of time to enjoy both if you visit.

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Portland, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Dumbarton Oaks is a worth a visit when wandering around Georgetown. The museum is a very manageable size, with interesting Byzantine and Pre-Columbian artifacts. (It's also free.) The gardens do cost to get into, but it's well worth the money. The terraced garden rooms are arranged on a hillside. There's plenty to wander through, and it's a lovely, quiet little... More

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Paris, France
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I am a native Washingtonian. I was born and raised in the city, and I love Dumbarton. I really enjoy going there for some quiet reflection and reading. The gardens are stunning, even in the off season, and there are a lot of quiet places to escape to There are many beautiful things in DC to see and do, but... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were most disappointed. Perhaps this was a beautiful garden at one time. It appears to have been neglected for many years. Save your money, time and effort. There are many other things to do in Washington, DC.

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oxford
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4 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Worth a visit as part of a walk around Georgetown. This is a lovely garden with many terraces and different interesting sections. Incredibly peaceful and hard to imaging you are so close to central Washington. A pleasant couple of hours. The addition of a small tea room would make this place perfect

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Washington DC USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

National Geo Traveler just rated Dumbarton Oaks as one of the world's top ten gardens. And the only one in the US. I've reviewed the garden before, so I won't say much more except that I agree it's world class.

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