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Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 202-339-6410
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
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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Beautiful place to stroll and linger on a nice day.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Winter Park, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
19 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
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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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157 reviews 157 reviews
72 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a wonderful old house with a garden which has been converted into a museum. Actually I have been here more than once, by myself and then with a student group. The house and garden themselves are lovely examples of how people lived. The current art collection is mostly oriental. It is also located in a beautiful residental neighborhood... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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29 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Dumbarton Oaks is a free museum in Georgetown. It was easy to find, and it was easy to find free on-street parking. The main draws are the Byzantine and pre-Colombian collections, which both have outstanding pieces that are well displayed and nicely explained. If you have an interest in either of these, visiting Dumbarton Oaks is well worth it. The... More 

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Orange County, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Taking advantage of the waved fee to the gardens in the winter, a few friends and I took the opportunity to explore them one afternoon. To preface, I do not know what the gardens are like during the summer; I hear they are beautiful. The experience I had was wonderful though as the gardens were somewhat overgrown, giving the house... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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409 helpful votes 409 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

You may never get a chance to really see this historic estate, but if you're in the area it's worth the time just to peek inside (or over the walls) to see a Georgetown landmark. Besides being the name of an estate, "Dumbarton Oaks" has also become a name synonymous with the 1944 conference held here that established the United... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The museum currently opens at 11:30. Free admission. They may offer tours during the weekdays. The music room is my favorite. It has a gorgeous ceiling and walls filled with spectacular tapestries. Not to mention the piano, the furniture, and the sculptures. Other rooms highlight a fine collection of Byzantine and pre-Columbian art--all types of art utilizing many materials with... More 

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Wairarapa, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I visited Dumbarton Oaks on a recent trip to Washington, DC where I was a conference spouse. I took myself off here in order to gather inspiration for our own developing garden. Alas, I missed out on the museum; but the garden itself is unbelievable. Go and see it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Husband and I only visited the free museum which has a dumbfoundingly well preserved collection of Byzantine and MesoAmerican art. The "music room" is a fun step back into an estately past - I only wish they showed more of the house. I hear the gardens are amazing and will likely return to see them.

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