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Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007 (Upper Northwest)
202-339-6410
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Ranked #39 of 249 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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oxford
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69 reviews 69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Centreville, Virginia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
109 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The gardens are in the city, but once you are off the Georgetown streets, you can barely hear any noise. There are so many wonderful spaces and you can easily spend a couple hours just wandering through the different gardens. Even though the roses weren't yet in bloom, there were plenty of other lovely plants and trees to see. We... More

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Houston
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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a must see if you like gardens!! We got there too late to sees the house but the gardens were still open and they are spectacular!! So many different garden "rooms", huge acreage in the middle of DC, simply amazing,

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The cost of admission is a bit high, but the grounds rival any botanical garden I have ever seen. Well worth the walk through Georgetown neighborhood to magnificently manicured gardens that are so well designed that you will be amazed at the beauty.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is one of those great smaller museums that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as its larger counterparts. The Pre-Columbian collection was fabulous to begin with, but the gallery space in which it was exhibited took it to another level. The glass encasing and circular architecture gave an ambiance that I can't quite explain (you could hear... More

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Scotch Plains, NJ
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

A reasonable walk from DuPont Circle and looking to enjoy the beautiful weather, our group spent a couple of hours enjoying the picturesque grounds of Dumbarton Oaks. The tulips were in full bloom and just beautiful as were the wisteria and flowering trees. It really is a nice departure from the crowded tourist sites.

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Lancaster, Pa.
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49 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

After a morning Saturday visit to museums in Washington, we took a cab up to the Dumbarton Oaks gardens and museum just a walking distance from the heart of Georgetown. We had read an article in a local magazine about it with beautiful pictures that enticed us to visit. Frankly we had never heard of Dumbarton Oaks. Boy, were we... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I haven't been to the museum part of Dumbarton Oaks, but the grounds are incredible. So many lovely gardens, sculptures, water features, etc. I was there at the end of May, and the rose garden was blooming and beautiful. Don't miss the Orangery, where a Ficus originally planted in the 1860s covers the walls!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Came to visit the gardens this afternoon but the line was down the block. No problem, we decide to visit the small but interesting museum until the line shrinks. We came back about an hour later but the line still snaked out the gate. The guard mentions that this is as small as the line had been all day. We... More

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