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Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 202-339-6410
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to...
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.
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Lovely gardens

Have been to Dumbarton several times in different seasons and it never disappoints. Spend time to wander, sit, enjoy the flowers and view. If you go frequently, get a membership... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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144 reviews 144 reviews
68 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Have been to Dumbarton several times in different seasons and it never disappoints. Spend time to wander, sit, enjoy the flowers and view. If you go frequently, get a membership as the single admission ($10) is not cheap.

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Arlington, Virginia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
58 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

There are two, sometimes 3 attractions to consider here. 1. The compact but sensational Pre-Columbian & Byzantine Art Museum, 2. The vast gardens around the mansion, 3. The house itself (on rare house-tours only.) The museum portion is free -- a distinct rarity outside the Smithsonian complex of museums down on the Mall. The museum is tiny by Mall standards,... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Having seen many collections of pre-columbian art, this is quite special. Small jade Olmec figures and (southern) Central American jewelry were exquisite. This collection does not really focus as much as others on Maya pots, but the small pieces were wonderful.

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New York City, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

in the middle of residential Georgetown, a superb park with Italian villa and garden styles. I saw it at the time of the cherry blossom. We enjoyed strolling through the property. Do not miss the small but superb museum, especially its mesoamerican collection.

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Washington, DC
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107 reviews 107 reviews
40 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

For the record, I usually go to the gardens which are behind the main building and open year round. This little bit of peace and quiet is nestled within the confines of Georgetown is often overlooked by visitors. Within the main building, when it is open, holds a wonderful collection of art and delightful scenes. Do make a point of... More 

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Osprey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Spent a lovely spring Sunday here during cherry blossom season. It is a lovely walk around the gardens with many places to sit and enjoy the views. If you enjoy gardens it is not to missed.

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

"To make then plan fit the ground and not twist the ground to fit the plan": What a modern concept! It fits perfectly within the area and it's a real deal. In May check for the rose garden. Unfortunately there is a fee, but it is well worth it.

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Winter Park, Florida
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116 reviews 116 reviews
19 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Taking a walk on a 4* day, my grown son and I came up on this park. Enjoying any reason to walk and explore, we followed the entire footpath, stopped at benches and chairs at beautiful enclaves and talked philosophy and politics. This is no dime store layed out park. This is beauty in landscape and shen fui with a... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you're visiting DC, take a break from the mall and go here. This is a gorgeous estate with wonderful gardens tucked away in Georgetown. One of the prettiest sights in DC, in a beautiful neighborhood.

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Denville, New Jersey
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95 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The collection, which comes from a private collector who owned Dumbarton Oaks in the 1920's and 1930's is obviously a collection of artifacts and art that was very meaningful to the Bliss Family. It is housed in their home as well as additions to the home so everything can be well displayed. The collection goes from Byzantine artifacts, Pre-Columbian art... More 

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